Matthew Heffernan, of Vereker Gardens, Ennis Road, Limerick, a field officer with the ILCU, pleaded guilty to six counts of deception at Berehaven Credit Union in Castletownbere between 2004 and 2009. File photograph: Alan Betson

A 71-year-old former official with the Irish League of Credit Unions has been given until next April to repay an outstanding balance of almost €20,000(...)

Private equity is reportedly bidding up the price of housing development land in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

Big international private equity companies, such as Anchorage, Oaktree Capital and Centerbridge, are betting on a continuation of house-price rises(...)

A protest by Berehaven Credit Union (BCU) members in Castletownbere offered a glimmer of hope for locals reeling from the loss of the service. A crow(...)