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  1. July 18, 2014

    Tony O’Reilly, tycoon who gambled and lost

    Earlier this year, a discreet classified advertisement appeared in the pages of the Irish Times. “For sale. Private...

  2. July 14, 2014

    Ex-Co-op Bank chief Richard Pym takes chair at Allied Irish Banks

    The outgoing chairman of the Co-operative Bank is to take on a new challenge in the banking sector at the helm of Allied...

  1. June 28, 2014

    O’Reilly faces prospect of forced asset sale

    Sir Anthony O’Reilly, the former media tycoon and Ireland’s first billionaire, faces the prospect of a forced sale of his...

  2. June 3, 2014

    European banks: Still unstable

    Anthimos Thomopoulos arrives 30 minutes late for his lunch because of the traffic caused by a teachers’ demonstration. It...

  3. May 19, 2014

    Irish banks: Allied forces

    Sometimes it pays to rummage around in the rubble. In 2011, two years after Ireland’s banks collapsed, the US investor...

  4. FT Alphaville

    May 12, 2014

    Dear eejit shareholder...

    From AIB’s IMS on Monday… Based on the number of shares currently in issue and the closing share price of Friday 9 May 2014,...

  5. FT Alphaville

    April 28, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Monday, - Cornering markets in securities is unequivocally not ok, in property it is fair game. - Of the IMF’s...

  6. March 5, 2014

    Allied Irish Banks unveils strong improvement

    Allied Irish Banks will once more be attractive to private investors by the end of this year if it continues to work on its...

  7. March 4, 2014

    Bank of Ireland crisis investors sell third of combined stake

    Two of the biggest shareholders in Bank of Ireland sold a third of their combined stake on Tuesday after nearly trebling the...

  8. February 25, 2014

    Debt issuance by periphery banks hits post-crisis peak

    Borrowing by financial institutions based in the eurozone’s troubled periphery countries has reached its highest level since...

  9. February 6, 2014

    Investors put faith in Europe bank revival

    It may raise eyebrows to learn that, in spite of the Libor scandal, payment protection insurance mis-selling and the forex...

  10. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2014

    An Irish finance sanity check

    Much was being made on Tuesday of the fact that Irish government borrowing costs are now at a record low. Here’s the 10...

  11. December 15, 2013

    Ireland’s banks pose threat to economic recovery

    Ireland’s troubled banks, which plunged the country into crisis three years ago, still pose a significant threat to the...

  12. November 25, 2013

    Ireland’s lonely whistleblowers

    When John Wilson discovered that senior police officers were routinely cancelling penalty points and fines for driving...

  13. November 20, 2013

    Allied Irish sells post-bailout bond

    Allied Irish Banks has launched its first senior unsecured bond since being bailed out by Ireland’s government, underlining...

  14. August 1, 2013

    Allied Irish Banks vows to increase home repossession efforts

    Allied Irish Banks said on Thursday up to a fifth of its Irish mortgage customers in arrears are “strategic defaulters” and...

  15. July 1, 2013

    Allied Irish Banks seen as reckless as Anglo calls reveal

    Allied Irish Banks was viewed as being as reckless as Anglo Irish Bank and lending money to every “cowboy in town” in the...

  16. June 25, 2013

    Inside the bubble

    The taped conversations between three executives of Anglo Irish Bank leaked to the Irish Independent newspaper offer a...

  17. June 25, 2013

    States & banks: heading for the door

    They’re doing it in Vienna. They’re doing it in Brussels. They’re doing it in Stockholm and Frankfurt. They’re even thinking...

  18. June 13, 2013

    Lenders allow Dublin to delay bank stress tests until 2014

    Dublin has won approval from its international lenders to delay its next round of bank stress tests until 2014, despite...

  19. May 16, 2013

    Court of Appeal changes sentences in high-profile fraud cases

    Three convicted fraudsters in two high-profile cases have had their sentences changed following referrals to the Court of...

  20. April 29, 2013

    Control: Tighter rules fall short of halting rogue traders’ pursuit of profit

    As Kweku Adoboli was sentenced to seven years last year after being found guilty of Britain’s biggest banking fraud, the...

  21. March 27, 2013

    Annual loss narrows at Allied Irish

    Allied Irish Banks says it remains on target to return to profit next year following a big restructuring of the group in...

  22. March 24, 2013

    The Week Ahead: March 25 – March 31

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company...

  23. March 21, 2013

    KBC set to raise $1.2bn from stake sale

    Belgium’s KBC is poised to raise as much as $1.2bn from investors through a sale of its stake in Polish lender Zachodni WBK...

  24. March 12, 2013

    Dublin orders rescued banks to cut pay

    Dublin has directed its bailed out banks to cut total remuneration costs by between 6-10 per cent in an effort to quell...

  25. February 26, 2013

    Dublin to drop blanket bank guarantee

    Dublin will remove the blanket bank guarantee it introduced at the start of its financial crisis from late next month amid...

  26. January 31, 2013

    Banks set aside £700m for swaps scandal

    Barclays, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds have set aside about £700m for compensation for mis-selling complex...

  27. January 25, 2013

    Irish banks push sale of real estate debt

    Ireland’s state-owned banks are accelerating the sale of tens of billions of euros-worth of property-backed loans in a move...

  28. January 17, 2013

    Judge criticises banks at fraud trial

    A judge has given a scathing assessment of lending practices at Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Scotland at the height of the...

  29. January 16, 2013

    Fraud verdict reveals banking excesses

    Two businessmen have been convicted of conspiring to defraud Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Scotland in a court case which...

  30. December 16, 2012

    Irish banks show signs of stabilisation

    Two years after Ireland’s banking crisis forced the country into an international bailout, signs are emerging of...

  31. December 2, 2012

    PPI case handlers offshore work to India

    Companies processing floods of mis-sold payment protection insurance claims – a scandal that has already cost UK banks...

  32. November 23, 2012

    Buyout groups pick up Irish bargains

    Almost two years since Ireland was forced to accept an international bailout to prop up its ailing banks, private equity...

  33. November 9, 2012

    Moral dilemma for Ireland’s bank chiefs

    The retirement of Eugene Sheehy, former chief executive of Allied Irish Banks, was rudely interrupted by a tabloid reporter...

  34. November 8, 2012

    Dublin’s shame

    Ireland’s bankers have not covered themselves in glory in recent years. The credit binge they presided over felled the...

  35. November 7, 2012

    Former AIB chief agrees to pension cut

    Dublin has welcomed a decision by Eugene Sheehy, the former chief executive of Allied Irish Banks, to agree a voluntary cut...

  36. November 6, 2012

    Allied Irish targets former executives

    Allied Irish Banks has written to former directors at the bank who were in office during Ireland’s financial crisis to ask...

  37. November 1, 2012

    Irish banks – trim but grim

    There are glimmers of hope for Ireland’s trim but grim banking sector. Although asset quality kept worsening in the first...

  38. October 8, 2012

    Irish lenders caught up in PPI probe

    Ireland’s central bank named six lenders on Monday that it was investigating over the mis-selling of payment protection...

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