Richie Boucher: “Hopefully, we’re doing normalised lending now. . . It’s important that we learn the lessons of the past but that we don’t become gun shy.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Standing inside the window of the Bank of Ireland headquarters on Mespil Road in Dublin, chief executive Richie Boucher offers a warm handshake and so(...)

Bank of Ireland is set to take advantage of the positive mood towards Ireland as evidenced by yesterday’s over-subscribed issuance of government debt. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland has followed Ireland’s successful €3.75 billion sovereign debt issue yesterday with a bond issue of its own, taking advantage of the p(...)

The Taoiseach with Qatari prime minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani: Enda Kenny is optimistic investors in the Middle East would be lured by higher-level status. Photograph: Lydia Shaw

Ireland’s sovereign rating with Moody’s could be upgraded as soon as January 17th when the ratings agency reviews the country’s status. Moody’s is the(...)

‘As we all know, western Europe is aging; by 2050 there will be only 1.8 people of working age supporting each person in retirement versus a current level of 3.5. Ireland’s population is also aging albeit at a slower rate. ’

Pensions were in the news quite a bit in 2013. Much of the focus was on the problems facing defined benefit schemes or on large pension payouts to (...)

For these tests to have any credibility with capital markets, some banks in the euro area will probably have to fail the tests

Next year is going to be a big one in Irish banking. For about the sixth year in a row. It’s the year when Fitch expects AIB and Bank of Ireland to re(...)

Swiss bank UBS is reported to be managing the sale.  Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

The National Pension Reserve Fund is believed to be seeking a buyer for its private equity investments, which had a value of €716 million at the end o(...)

Growth to remain “sluggish” due to the combined effects of austerity and contraction in the pharma sector, linked to the expiry of several prominent drug patents, according to research institute.

Falling profitability in the pharma sector linked to the so-called “patent cliff” will knock about 0.5 per cent off Ireland’s annual economic growt(...)

I hear Carlyle’s State-backed €300 million SME fund, started with €125 million from the National Pension Reserve Fund, will soon close its fundraisin(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

A Cheann Comhairle,The story of insolvent Ireland is familiar to all our people and the sacrifices people have had to make in recent years are well kn(...)

Charlie McCreevy, who was finance minister in the Fianna Fáil/PD coalitions elected in 1997 and 2002 created the fund in 1999

The State’s national pension fund is cashing in €600 million in overseas assets as part of a plan to reinvest the money in the Republic, according to (...)

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