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The Central Bank announced on Wednesday that a so-called counter-cyclical capital buffer – equating to 1 per cent of banks’ risk-weighted assets – that lenders have had to hold since last July will no longer apply from next month. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Central Bank of Ireland has bowed to pressure to allow banks to tap rainy-day capital, which Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe estimates will e(...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will hold a meeting on Wednesday afternoon with bank chief executives on how the industry is responding to th(...)

Aanyone experiencing financial difficulties due to the impact of Covid-19 is being advised to contact their bank

Irish banks are working together on a co-ordinated response to support individuals and businesses most affected by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, (...)

Data from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show that first time buyers accounted for 1,590 of the 3,265 mortgages approved last month. Photograph: iStock

First time buyers remained the driving force for new mortgage approvals in January when a total of €744 million worth of home loans were given the gre(...)

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald meets people marching in Dublin as part of a strike over industrial disputes about pensions. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Investors in Irish stocks weren’t pleased by Sinn Féin’s strong showing in the general election, with banking and property stocks tumbling following t(...)

Guests at the Ibec Business Leaders Conference 2020 in the Convention Centre: it is not in Sinn Féin’s interests to bust the economy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Business people are the ultimate pragmatists and the election proved as much. If Ibec’s chief executive Danny McCoy had been tearing around Mondello r(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald celebrates with supporters after she is  elected at the RDS count centre. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

According to the Central Bank of Ireland’s latest quarterly commentary on the health of the Irish economy, underlying investment activity by domestic (...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty reaffirmed his party’s commitment to a radical shakeup of business and tax policy on Tuesday. Photograph: Tom Honan

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty reaffirmed his party’s commitment to a radical shakeup of business and tax policy on Tuesday after banks(...)

Brian Hayes, chief executive of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland: “People need to be relaxed about this.”

Senior members of the Irish business world envisage no difficulty developing a working partnership with Sinn Féin, should the left-leaning party be pa(...)

Included in the BPFI’s suggestions is a change to insolvency legislation so that a co-debtor could be pursued by a lender if they’re not co-operating. Photograph: iStock

About one in 10 mortgage arrears cases involve borrowers who are separated, the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) estimated as it called (...)

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