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S&P said that an attempt to sell Dublin-based Depfa Bank might not succeed. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin-based Depfa Bank’s weakness as a “structurally lossmaking” business has been highlighted by two debt-ratings firms as the German government pur(...)

Moody’s is forecasting GDP growth of 4% for the Republic this year, which it expects to slow to 3% in 2020. Photograph: iStock

Irish authorities look “relatively well prepared” for a no-deal Brexit and the economy would stand to gain from additional foreign direct investment ((...)

Moody’s also noted Ireland’s “unusually high degree of economic volatility”, due in large part to the presence of multinationals. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Moody’s has raised its growth forecast for the Irish economy to 5 per cent for 2018, driven by recovering private consumption and residential investme(...)

Head office of the ESB in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

ESB finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of the ESB, has reported a significant jump in pretax profit from €4,000 in 2015 to €3 million last year. The j(...)

Figures for the first quarter of the year show the fastest rise in house prices since 2007. File photograph: Frank Miller

It’s not a bubble say governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane, the Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and ratings agency Moody’s. It is, say putative(...)

South African President Jacob Zuma: facing a growing challenge from within his own party. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/Getty Images

Unprecedented opposition to South African president Jacob Zuma’s continued rule has emerged since the African National Congress leader sacked his fin(...)

Moody’s says that under the revised mortgage-to-rent scheme,  investors can buy back more properties from  borrowers, who in turn can  achieve certainty of occupancy through  long-term leasing. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Changes made by the Government to the mortgage-to-rent scheme for people in arrears with their home loans should lead to a decline in late payments fr(...)

Moody’s says  Brexit could bring about more disruption to Ireland than initially thought, particularly if the UK has to resort to WTO rules

The Republic will be the country most affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union, while changes to US tax policies also present a serious thre(...)

Moody’s expects Bank of Ireland to continue to maintain “conservative” capital levels through earnings generation and “prudent” capital management.

Ratings agency Moody’s believes Bank of Ireland’s plan to invest up to €900 million over the next four years to modernise its IT platform is “crucial”(...)

Eir’s offices in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Two of the world’s leading debt ratings agencies have upgraded their view of Eir’s creditworthiness this week as the telecommunications group continue(...)

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