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Ulster Bank has been fined €3.5 million  after an IT failure prevented thousands of customers being able to use their accounts over a month.  The fine is the highest imposed by the Central Bank of Ireland and has been accepted by RBS-owned Ulster Bank. About 600,000 customers were unable to access cash at bank machines and make payments, and many saw delays in getting money into their accounts during 28 days in June and July 2012.  Bank. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Anyone affected by Ulster Bank’s almost total failure to function as a bank for four weeks over two years ago might be forgiven for arching an eyebrow(...)

Although disposable income has dipped slightly compared with three months ago, the finances of Irish households are in a better state than at any poi(...)

Cash fares on Dublin Bus will go up by over 7 per cent while Luas fares will rise by more than 6 per cent from
November 1st. Short hop tickets on Irish Rail will climb by over 9 per cent while Bus Éireann fares will rise by an average of 5 per cent . Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Users of public transport will be forgiven a weary “not again” this morning after the National Transport Authority (NTA) announced it had once more sa(...)

Many families living modestly will have to come up with a lot more cash to make ends meet.

During his fourth budget speech, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan announced that a new universal social charge (USC) rate of 8 per cent was to a(...)

The cost of owning and running an average-priced home bought at the height of the bubble in 2007 is €22,012 a year

Recent home buyers are more than €6,000 a year better off than those who bought in the boom, according to a new survey. The cost of owning and runni(...)

The key is not to put all your eggs in the one basket.

1 Early start  Make no mistake, the starting point is the most important point when it comes to pensions. And the earlier you get things s(...)

Journalist Gavin Sheridan: attempted to use European environmental legislation to extract  information from Nama.

A dispute between a journalist and Nama over the meaning of the word “including” has spent four years travelling through the Irish courts with a final(...)

Alan Kelly: “It is important that RAS tenants are informed of their obligations without raising any unnecessary concerns.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has acknowledged the language used in a letter sent by local authorities to Rent Allowance Supplement (RAS) te(...)

Poor old Supervalu appears to have fallen fowl of predictive text this morning when it sent out a promotional text message to thousands of its custome(...)

In percentage terms, the biggest beneficiaries will be those with a gross income of less than €12,000. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

This was the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan’s, fourth budget, but the first to leave at least some people marginally better off. Mr Noonan’s lat(...)

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