While the Central Bank has said average deposits in credit unions are around €4,000, some larger credit unions have larger deposits

A new limit of €100,000 to the amount a person can hold in a credit union account is anti-competitive and unfair, the Irish League of Credit Unions ha(...)

JUNE: Clerys department store on O’Connell Street closes its doors for the last time. Photograph: Frank Miller

January A new year dawns with news that a long-time voice of the Irish consumer, Eddie Hobbs, is the new voice of Lucinda Creighton’s Renua.&nbs(...)

Irish people were planning to spend an average of €544 on presents this year, according to Eir. Photograph: Thinkstock

Forget Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Spendy Sunday. The proof we needed that Christmas is more about rampant consumerism than the baby Jesus or cele(...)

The Credit Union Restructuring Board (Rebo) last month said it now only expected to spend €20 million on the consolidation process by the time it winds up in March

Central Bank proposals to exert stronger regulatory oversight on the credit union sector are “overzealous” and “take risk management to a point where (...)

The latest poll from the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) might give retailers pause for thought. It suggests consumers will spend an average of €563 this Christmas, compared with €600 last year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish consumers seem set to temper their Christmas spending this year as the number who believe too much is spent over the festive season hits almost (...)

No matter how much pocket money a child gets, they should always be taught to put aside 10 per cent

When should parents start teaching their children about cash and all the good and bad things it brings? And would a better grounding in personal fi(...)

Adding up: Mary Clarke, a volunteer Clontarf at Credit Union, and other parents have introduced the idea of saving with the credit union to Conor Lynch and others in Belgrove Senior Boys School. photograph: brenda fitzsimons

It’s a curious time for credit unions. On the one hand, those in the movement would like to see the sector move into the gap left vacant by the depart(...)

Credit union sector: it continues to lobby the Government over new Central Bank regulations it deems unfair. Photograph:  Colin Keegan

Ireland’s credit union movement is examining ways it could position itself as a viable “third force” to the two pillar banks, by adopting a new struc(...)

Hard to swallow: The  Green Party school dinner policy is launched at Kevin Thornton’s restaurant. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

At a glance, the Green Party idea that every student in the State should get at least one hot meal during the school day, as part of a campaign aimed (...)

Students living outside the home will spend an average of €1,033 a month compared with an average monthly spend of €474 for those living at home. Photograph: Thinkstock

The number of parents who say they will have to support college-going children next year has risen sharply, according to a new survey. Some 94 per ce(...)