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John FitzGerald  gave the Banking Inquiry an insight into the mindset of the top brass at AIB in 2006, which  it seems had its own concerns about the Irish economy at that time. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

John FitzGerald’s four-hour appearance at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry shone a light on how the ESRI, the country’s main economic think-tank, goes a(...)

The lack of action on buy-to-let arrears sits starkly against a background of  reduced supply, rising prices, and a dearth of social housing

A combination of rising property prices and increased pressure from the Central Bank to sort out arrears is expected to result in a significant num(...)

John Fitzgerald, research affiliate at the ESRI, said that the ESRI did not draw the connection between the growth of a property market bubble and the risks to the Irish financial system. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times)

The ESRI failed to forecast the financial collapse in 2008, economist John FitzGerald told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today.He said the ESRI did n(...)

Under draft regulations, credit unions must hold the first legal charge secured on the property for any house loans made following commencement of the new rules

Word that the Irish League of Credit Unions is at an “early stage” in considering the feasibility of its members offering mortgages has provoked much (...)

Lands at Loreto Road, Lisdarn, near Cavan town. 64-acre landbank sold for €740,000.

Further evidence that the commercial property market is returning to normal comes with news that Savills is reporting €4.5 million of sales in provinc(...)

A girl holds a gun in a truck just prior to a rebel attack in July 2003 outside Monrovia in Liberia. The UN believes arms dealers used HSBC accounts. Photograph: Chris Hondros/Getty

It was a scene of incredible carnage. In July 2003, a recently re-armed rebel group, Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy, resumed its tw(...)

Mortgage insurance has been cited as a way potential homeowners could overcome the Central Bank’s new 20 per cent deposit rule for second-time buyers.

A senior economist with the Central Bank has expressed concern about the potential cost of mortgage insurance, warning that it could “act counter” to(...)

Judgments: Key cases in brief

Lies told by personal injuries plaintiff were not significant to his overall claim Looby v Fatalski [2014] IEHC 564 (High Court, Barr J, December 3rd,(...)

The Central Bank has again highlighted the potential risks to mortgage holders of having their loans placed with unregulated third parties or so-calle(...)

The new Central Bank rules on mortgage lending have divided opinion. Hugh Linehan and Conor Pope thrash out the pros and cons. Photograph: Daniel O’Connor.

Hugh Linehan: Conor, like you, I’ve been following with interest the debate following the announcement of the Central Bank’s new rules for mortgage l(...)

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