Card payments are being affected at a number of Irish supermarkets and other retailers. Photograph: iStock

Card payments are being affected at a number of Irish supermarkets and other retailers by a major systems failure at Opayo, the payments processor for(...)

There has been  a noticeable and unusual decline in the number of people applying for mortgages to move homes. Photograph: Getty Images

Mortgage figures published by the Irish banks’ industry group this week raised as many questions as they answered. As usual, the Banking and Payment(...)

In the first half of this year, four in every 10 first-time buyers were given money by their parents to help them to fund their deposit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

International banking institutions may be pulling out of the Irish market at a disquieting rate, but there is one that seems to have put down permanen(...)

A growing number of first-time buyers find themselves in the “squeezed-out middle” – earning too much to qualify for social housing, but not enough to survive in the open market.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The affordability squeeze in housing shows no sign of easing – on the contrary, rents and prices continue to rise and have exceeded income growth in r(...)

Brian Hayes, CEO Banking & Payments Federation Ireland, who says he agreed with the changes being made to th Lobbying Act. File photograph: Alan Betson

Former politician Brian Hayes, now the chief executive of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland (BPFI), has said the strengthening of the law(...)

Avant launched its Irish mortgage product last September,  undercutting existing players with its lowest rate of 1.95 per cent for those whose mortgages are worth 60 per cent or less of the purchase price of their home.

Avant Money, the mortgage provider owned by Spanish banking group Bankinter, is expanding its low-cost mortgage offer to a range of new locations acro(...)

Derville Rowland, the Central Bank’s director-general of financial conduct: Distressed debt remains ‘key priority’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Davy stockbrokers “need only look in the mirror” to find the cause of its current difficulties, the Central Bank’s Derville Rowland has said. Ms Rowl(...)

About 40 per cent of all sales in the Irish market last year were made with cash

Fewer homes coming to the market, significant pent-up demand, Government incentives like Help to Buy... it’s no wonder that analysts are forecasting h(...)

Should we go out into the rental market with a view to trying to get a short-term lease, or do we stick it out for a bit longer?

My wife and I have been living with her parents since returning to Ireland in 2018. Covid has been fairly good for us as we have managed to save some (...)

In October 55.8 million contactless payments accounted for almost half of all card payments.

Irish consumers spent a combined €28 million per day on contactless card payments in October, according to figures released by the Banking and Payment(...)

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