The average loan taken by consumers from financial institutions this year is  likely to be about €8,500, a survey by the Irish League of Credit Unions has found. File photograph:  iStockPhoto

A quarter of consumers say they have plans to borrow money from a financial institution this year with the average loan likely to be about €8,500, acc(...)

Choosing a further- or higher-education college is not as straightforward as choosing where to go on holiday. Photograph: iStock

Going to college isn’t cheap. First, there’s the cost of registration fees, currently capped at €3,000. Then students need to shell out for books, acc(...)

The Central Bank is consulting on proposals to remove existing longer-term lending limits for credit unions. Photograph: Collins

The number of credit unions in the Republic with more than €100 million in assets has doubled in the past five years to 54, following a period of rapi(...)

Designed specifically as an alternative to high-cost moneylenders, It Makes Sense Loans target those on social welfare payments. They are typically quick to receive – credit unions can enrol you as a member straight away, and can offer the loan either on the spot, or within 24 hours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Last week the Central Bank approved a new lender, UK-based Amigo, which will offer loans – each loan must have a guarantor – at rates of 49.9 per cent(...)

The appointment of Emmet Oliver marks his return to journalism after almost seven years

The Sunday Business Post has confirmed that Emmet Oliver is to become its interim editor with Susan Mitchell as deputy editor. The appointment of Mr (...)

Sunday Business Post. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Emmet Oliver, the former head of communications for IDA Ireland, is understood to be in advanced discussions to become the next editor of the Sunday B(...)

Under the current regulations, there are limits on the amount that credit unions can lend out over five and 10 years.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Central Bank is proposing to ease the long-term lending restrictions imposed on Irish credit unions to allow them grow their mortgage and commerci(...)

Irish League of Credit Unions headquarters on Mount Street,  Dublin. A recent Central Bank report found assets in Irish credit unions have reached a record high of €17.2bn

The scale of what credit unions can do in terms of lending to small and medium-sized enterprises and the issuing of mortgages to house hunters is “sev(...)

The Department of Education does not have any power to force schools to cut the cost of uniforms or books for parents, according to internal records. (...)

If students and their parents anticipated that stress levels would fall once CAO points for third-level courses were distributed this week, they may h(...)

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