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C&AG will no longer be Nama’s sole auditor as outside firm to be hired

23rd March 2017

The State’s Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG) will no longer be sole auditor of Nama’s group entities, with the bad bank now drafting in a firm to undertake statutory audit work for the next three years, when the agency expects to be wound up. The C&AG has previously defended its role as Nama’s only auditor […]

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PTSB set to lure suitors with toxic loan book

23rd March 2017

Permanent TSB will finalise a clean-up strategy for its problems loans, including mortgages, by mid-year, the Irish Independent has learned, in a move designed to end investor uncertainty about the mounting regulatory pressures facing the lender. Global distressed-debt funds are circling the troubled residential mortgage portfolio of State-backed Permanent TSB, amid intensifying expectations the recovering […]

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Profits fall at financial firm IFG by more than 25pc

23rd March 2017

Profits before tax at Irish listed financial firm IFG fell by 26pc last year to £6.4m(€7.3m), according to preliminary results for 2016 released this morning. Adjusted profit at the company fell by 14pc to £10m(€11.5m) last year, while earnings per share dropped by 7pc over the course of the year. IFG said it had incurred […]

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ISIF puts €50m into ex-Goldman chiefs’ financial firm fund

22nd March 2017

A FUND run by former executives at Goldman Sachs has received €50m from the Irish Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to develop financial services jobs in Ireland. Reverence Capital Partners Opportunities Fund is run by former Goldman bankers Milton Berlinski, Peter Aberg and Alexander Chulack. The firm is an investment fund that focuses on middle market […]

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Bank of England’s Carney plays down 2.3pc jump in UK inflation

22nd March 2017

Inflation in the United Kingdom crashed through the Bank of England’s 2pc target last month, pushed up by rising food and fuel prices. The data highlights in part the impact the Brexit vote has had on the pound. Consumer prices increased by 2.3pc – faster than expected by economists – and marking the biggest annual […]

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Irish entrepreneur initiative adds another €5,000 to winnings in hunt for your bright ideas

22nd March 2017

An initiative that aims to encourage and support Irish entrepreneurs has thrown a little more bait in the pool to entice more ambitious minds. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are now adding an extra €5,000 to the winnings that applicants can vie for as part of their 2017 Awards Programme The DCC supported project recognises and rewards […]

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Frankfurt in front of Dublin in bid for Nomura

21st March 2017

Japanese bank Nomura has narrowed down its hunt for a post-Brexit European subsidiary, with Frankfurt reportedly emerging as the frontrunner in the latest vote of confidence in the German financial hub. Nomura serves the bulk of its European clients through its regional head offices in London, but the Press Association has reported that it is […]

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Banks ordered to bring in ‘ambitious’ bad loan plans

21st March 2017

The European Central Bank (ECB) has said it expects banks with high levels of unpaid loans to submit “ambitious and realistic” plans to bring them down, as it published guidelines on non-performing loans (NPLs). The project to address high levels of NPLs is being spearheaded by the deputy governor of the Irish Central Bank, Sharon […]

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S&P: Irish banks ‘largely recovered’ from the crash

21st March 2017

Irish banks are “largely recovered” from the crash, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s said yesterday. However, “scope for profit growth” may be limited because provisions that were made against bad loans during the financial crisis have already been released, and there is now less of that money to come. Irish banks’ capital and liquidity positions […]

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Tallaght mixed-use investment at €1m offers 9.76pc return

20th March 2017

Agents Knight Frank are seeking offers in excess of €1m exclusive for a mixed-use commercial investment in the south Dublin suburb of Tallaght. The Village Square, Tallaght, is fully let and comprises two separate blocks of retail and office units. Knight Frank are offering a portfolio of multiple commercial units comprising two retail units and […]

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