Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: likely to summon bankers following his appearance at the banking inquiry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish mortgage lenders are set to again come under pressure from the Department of Finance over their standard variable rate (SVR) mortgage offerings,(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding says businesses seeking cash to expand or hire new staff  cannot afford to have the banks slow down their plans. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Banks are further delaying decisions on lending to small business, according to a survey by one of the Republic’s lobby groups. The Irish Small and Me(...)

Wolfgang Schäuble, German finance minister, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at a press conference announcing the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

A decision by Eurostat that the new strategic banking corporation should not be taken off the Government balance sheet may have implications for the s(...)

Credit reviewer John Trethowan would like the Government to consider an expansion of the microfinance loans scheme limit to at least € 50,000, and possibly € 100,000. Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES

Distressed small and medium sized companies which are now recovering and are potentially viable continue to find it difficult to obtain finance, accor(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

Michael Noonan with German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: Mr Noonan said the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland would offer, low-interest, longer-term and flexible financing for small business. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish banks are preventing small businesses from growing “beyond a certain size” because they only offer them short-term loans, according to Minister(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble and his counterpart Michael Noonan signed off on today’s deal. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Representatives of the Irish and German governments have formally signed off on the long awaited release of cash to fund cheap loans for small busines(...)

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland to launch at special signing ceremony in Dublin today attended by  German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

An initial tranche of €800 million is to be made available for lending to small and medium-sized businesses by the new State-backed Strategic Banking(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was speaking at the annual dinner held by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce this evening. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said next week’s budget will see the first step in reducing the 52 per cent tax on low and middle income earners, a rate he s(...)

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