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Between 1997 and 2007, real Irish house prices increased by an average of 9 per cent per annum, the highest rate for the OECD. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The banks pumped more money into the Irish mortgage market during the boom by increasing the “income fraction” that dictated the amount that could be (...)

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) and Luxembourgish Finance Minister Luc Frieden (R) prior to a Eurozone finance ministers meeting.

in LuxembourgMinister for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe insisted yesterday that Irish banks are “well-capitalised” and “well- scrutinised,” as euro(...)

Payment protection insurance promised to pay off loans and credit card debts in the event of illness or job loss. A review by the Central Bank has found €25 milion will be returned to customers.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Some €25 million is being returned to customers of 11 financial institutions after a partial review of the payment protection insurance (PPI) sector f(...)

 Central Bank of Ireland governer Patrick Honohan: a supporter of split mortgages. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last week’s appearances of the country’s top bankers at the joint Oireachtas committee on finance highlighted one thing clearly.Ireland’s three larges(...)

The Central Bank said overall mortgage arrears rose in the second quarter, but early arrears declined. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

CIARA O’BRIENMortgage arrears continued to climb in the second quarter of the year, and a more than 200 homes were repossessed by banks, new data from(...)

There are now almost 144,000 mortgages in arrears, according to figures from the Central Bank

Homeowners who fall behind with mortgage repayments this month could find themselves before the courts by Christmas and ultimately facing repossession(...)

Demonstrators  against austerity in Paris at the weekend. They also called for the establishment of a  “sixth republic” with a new constitution for France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The last couple of weeks have seen an intensification of the so-called austerity debate. President Michael D Higgins, in widely publicised inte(...)

     The new framework follows weeks of intensive and difficult negotiations brokered by the Central Bank between secured and unsecured lenders. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Banks, credit unions and credit card groups have agreed to operate a pilot scheme that will provide relief to people in loan arrears with multi(...)

The entrance hall of the Four Courts. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A High Court decision today means the courts have the power to allow existing actions against Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, including that(...)

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