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The bank said there will be no immediate changes for customers with KBC planning to contact those affected by the deal before the transaction is completed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

KBC Bank Ireland has sold a €1.1 billion portfolio of non-performing mortgage loans to funds managed by US private equity giant CarVal. Upon completi(...)

The wider KBC Group, based in Brussels, reported a net profit of €1.35 billion for the first half. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

KBC Bank Ireland returned to profit in the first half of the year, even as the Belgian-owned lender advanced a plan to exit the Republic. The bank po(...)

Sunset at the Giant’s Causeway.

Even without a renowned Unesco World Heritage Site (the Giant’s Causeway) to burnish its tourist credentials, the Antrim coast would still be one of t(...)

Belarusians attend a protest rally against the results of the presidential elections, Minsk. Photograph: EPA

Security forces in Belarus detained scores of protesters and were filmed beating a man as he lay on the street, as the authorities launched a crackdow(...)

(Left) A file photo taken on July 5, 2019 of what conceptual artist Ales  Zupevc claims is the first ever monument of Melania Trump, set in the fields near the US first lady’s hometown of  Sevnica, Slovenia and  (right) a photo taken on July 7th,  showing the charred remains of a tree trunk that once acted as a plinth for the wooden statue. Photos by Jure Makovec/AFP via Getty Images.

A wooden sculpture of US first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica in Slovenia, the artist who commissioned the piece has said(...)

Tara Breen (fiddle), Laoise Kelly (harp), Josephine Marsh (accordion), and Nell Ní Chróinín (voice) are seen before their Music Network tour.

Wednesday, September 11th Laoise Kelly, Tara Breen, Josephine Marsh and Nell Ní Chróinín The Sugar Club, Dublin. Also Thurs, Ennis; Fri, Ballyvourney(...)

A whale breaching during a tour with O’Brien’s Whale and Bird Tours in Newfoundand and Lanrador. Photograph: Destination St John’s

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the main attraction in a region awash with whales, icebergs, untamed landscapes, unique history and cuisine, is the Newf(...)

Ireland’s  Pádraig Harrington acknowledges the crowd on the 12th green during the first round of the  D+D REAL Czech Masters at Albatross Golf Resort  in Prague, Czech Republic. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington made an encouraging start to the Czech Masters in Prague on Thursday, carding a bogey-free six-under 66 to sit two shots off the le(...)

A good session beer will have the right amount of balance and depth to keep you interested but with a bit of subtlety thrown in too.

“Sessionability” is a buzzword in craft beer these days. Easy drinking – and lighter beers you can stick with for an evening – is the general idea. I(...)

Choosing a beer these days can be tricky. IPAs, imperial stouts, red ales, blondes… the list is endless. It’s a good thing, of course, with so many n(...)