Whistleblower procedures: the Central Bank is investigating almost 40 whistleblower allegations made so far in 2017, just 10 shy of the total number received in 2016. Photograph: Frederic Cirou/PhotoAlto/Getty

The number of whistleblowers making protected disclosure reports about suspected breaches of law in the Irish financial services sector is set to dou(...)

Workbench branch: “We’ve seen great ideas formed simply from guys sitting beside each other,” says Gavin Kelly of Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s midmorning in Bank of Ireland’s Grand Canal Square branch, in Dublin, and about a dozen local entrepreneurs are huddled over their laptops, beave(...)

Ulster Bank: has already closed a large number of branches since the crash. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ulster Bank is believed to be planning to close up to 30 branches in its network in the Republic as part of a major restructuring of the business here(...)

AIB, which is preparing for a partial flotation, launched a review of its business some months ago. Photograph: Bloomberg

First Trust, which is part of AIB, has announced it will close 15 branches in the North over the next seven months. This amounts to half of the bank’(...)

FSU general secretary Larry Broderick:  “It could take up to 35 years to move from the bottom of a junior level scale to the top of that scale”

The Financial Services Union (FSU) has called for banks in Ireland to include staff in any profit-sharing schemes, not just senior executives. In a(...)

AIB: The deal with the bank’s FSU employees includes an average 2.75 per cent pay increase both this year and next. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Members of the Financial Services Union in AIB have voted to accept an average 2.75 per cent pay increase that will apply in both 2017 and 2018. The (...)

FSU general secretary Larry Broderick: banking and financial services could be growth areas for the Northern Ireland economy.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

The Financial Services Union (FSU) has called on politicians in Northern Ireland to formulate a strategy for the sector that would minimise bank bran(...)

 Larry Broderick: “I fail to see the logic behind a withdrawal from the Irish market and the subsequent loss of talent that KBC Ireland, and by extension the wider group, would suffer.”  Photograph:Tommy Clancy

The head of the Financial Services Union in Ireland has written to the global chairman and chief executive of KBC Bank in Belgium to urge them to reta(...)

Union members cited ‘concern’ about flotation plans at AIB. Photograph: Reuters

Staff at AIB are in line for average pay increases of 5.5 per cent spread over the next two years following recommendations from the Workplace Relatio(...)

Kieran Mulvey: independent mediator said plan to change salary ranges  “remains contentious” and called for further engagement between the parties. Photograph: Alan Betson

Staff at Ulster Bank in the Republic are in line for an average 2 per cent pay increase from April following a recommendation from independent mediat(...)

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