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“The horror stories disclosed at the meeting were shocking and it became clear that RBS’s problems in Ireland effect north and south,” Mattie McGrath told the committee’s chairman, Conservative MP Laurence Robertson. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s treatment of business debtors in the Republic has been “shocking” and the bank is “playing games” with regulators, a House of Commons co(...)

Ulster Bank’s parent, RBS, has been accused of effectively closing “viable” businesses in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Photograph: Peter Muhly/AFP

There will be no red carpet and not a single A-list celebrity present, but tomorrow 14 Northern Irish and British politicians will host what promises (...)

The next five weeks will determine the future size and structure of Ulster Bank. On February 27th, UK parent Royal Bank of Scotland will publish its annual results and is expected to outline the results of its strategic review.

The next five weeks will determine the future size and structure of Ulster Bank. On February 27th, UK parent Royal Bank of Scotland will publish its a(...)

Richie Boucher, Chief Executive Bank of Ireland, arriving at Leinster House, for a meeting with the Oireachtas finance committee. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Another year, another step closer to normalised lending. Or so we hope. The past year has reminded us we cannot take anything for granted in the fi(...)

 Central Bank of Ireland governer Patrick Honohan: a supporter of split mortgages. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Last week’s appearances of the country’s top bankers at the joint Oireachtas committee on finance highlighted one thing clearly.Ireland’s three larges(...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher (centre) arrives at Government Buildings for the Oireachtas finance committee hearings last week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is relatively easy to demonise Richie Boucher. First of all he is the chief executive of an Irish bank. Secondly he is the only bank director from (...)

Richie Boucher, Chief Executive Bank of Ireland, arriving at Leinster House, for a meeting with the Oireachtas finance committee, pictured with Pat Farrell, Bank of Ireland’s head of communications. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill.

For the best part of five years, Irish banks have been accused of kicking the can down the road on their mortgage arrears. Not any more. This week’s m(...)

Ulster Bank chief executive Jim Brown has confirmed this so-called “economic concession” treatment is being offered for periods of five to seven years or “could even be for the lifetime of the loan depending on a customer’s circumstances”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

About 1,000 Ulster Bank customers who are in arrears with their mortgage repayments have had the interest rate on their home loans reduced to as low a(...)

Richie Boucher, chief executive of Bank of Ireland, arriving at Leinster House. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The contrast in the nature of the exchanges between the Oireachtas committee on finance and executives from Bank of Ireland on the one hand, and Ulste(...)

Ulster Bank  chief executive Jim Brown  after addressing the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Senior Ulster Bank managers have expressed concern at “over-prescriptive” targets for dealing with mortgage arrears, saying they could have unintended(...)

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