- Banks have already been paid for mortgages
Since our economic commentators won't ask this, I will.
- Touring family of foxes get up close and personal at school
A family of foxes is on tour around schools in the South-East.
- Fishing authorities say super trawler banned from Australia can fish in Irish waters
Fishing authorities have moved to ease fears over the presence of the world's second largest trawler in Irish waters — the same vessel which has been banned by Australia from fishing in its waters.
- Revenue set sights on babysitting tax
First it was bin tax, then water tax and, now, even babysitting money is targeted for tax.
- Porbeagle shark washes up in Kerry
A 6ft shark from the Great White family has washed up on a Kerry beach. The female porbeagle shark was discovered by local photographer Bernard Fitzgerald at the weekend as he was walking on the Aughacasla beach in Castlegregory.
- Shallowness of Patrick’s Day brings home to us our lack of identity
FÁILTE IRELAND is a successful sales organisation that shapes Irish identity more than most.
- Pope admits stealing dead confessor's rosary beads from casket
Pope Francis confessed that he stole the rosary cross of his late confessor from his casket and wears it to this day in a fabric pouch under his cassock.
- Forgive ‘mistakes’ of abuser priests, urges Church group
Priests who abused children should be forgiven for past "mistakes" and allowed return to ministries where they have authority over minors, a Catholic Church group has claimed.
- Sickened and saddened by Davy’s slurs
I want to give a bit of advice here to Davy Fitzgerald, if he'll take it.
- Experts to review use of fluoride in water
An international group of consultants is to be appointed by the Government to examine the use of fluoride in the public water supply.
- Nama granted €50.7m order against firm
Nama has obtained a €50.7m judgment against a building firm in Co Cork, plus judgment orders for €9.6m against two of its directors.
- AIB described as ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’
Stockbrokers Merrion Capital is convinced there is a resurgence in AIB, with analyst Ciaran Callaghan issuing a note entitled 'Phoenix rising from the ashes'.
- €5.34m Revenue fees to six law firms
Six legal firms shared €5.34m in fees from the Revenue Commissioners last year for services rendered, new figures show.
- Two brothers in construction firm share €1.4m windfall
Two members of the Bennett family that operates Bennett Construction shared a dividend windfall last year of €1.4m as pre-tax profits at the firm doubled to €400,000.
- Mortgages in arrears of over 90 days fall
Figures from the Department of Finance show that the number of mortgages in arrears of more than 90 days has declined to just under 79,500.
- Heating contractor tops tax defaulter list
A Cork-based heating and plumbing contractor Barry Murphy topped the list of tax defaulters over the fourth quarter of last year, owing a total €991,864 in back taxes, interest and penalties.
- Financial Regulator urges caution on use of Bitcoins
Virtual currency Bitcoin has just had its first ATM installed in Ireland on Abbey Street in Dublin.
- Irish people texting less
New figures show Irish people are slowly abandoning text messages.
- EU study criticises troika role in crisis
The troika, set up to oversee austerity programmes in Ireland and other crisis countries, could not get its own house in order and was reluctant to adapt to differing conditions in its client countries, a European Parliament study found.
- Record low interest rate for €1bn bond
The Government raised €1bn in a 10-year bond in its first scheduled auction in four years at a record low interest rate of 2.967%.
- Banks to get tough on home owners over debt
A woman said she "panicked" and hid a bank's repossession letter from her husband, as experts warned that families in mortgage arrears they can no longer ignore the problems as this will be "the year of the repossessions".
- Sex lives of students survey reveals high levels of unprotected sex
More than half of students do not use contraception in every sexual encounter, while almost two thirds have never been tested for a sexually transmitted infection.
- Despite decades of research no male contraceptive ready for market
NOT long before Christmas, newspapers, radio stations and TV networks were abuzz with some exciting news: the male pill could soon be a reality.
- Wild Atlantic Way: the Ultimate Guide
The world's longest coastal touring route has just been unveiled — and it's right on our doorstep. Pól Ó Conghaile and Tommy Barker map the Wild Atlantic Way.
- SME loans half of mooted €58bn
The total amount of credit outstanding to SMEs in the real economy is €24.5bn and not the figure of €58bn that has been circulating in the media over the past week, according to the Central Bank.
- Boss of ESB gets €6k pay increase
The chief executive of ESB Pat O'Doherty saw his total pay packet rise by more than €6,000 as his taxable benefits increased from €9,000 to €15,000 bringing his total package to €358,950.
- Unlocking an ocean of untapped water sports in Cork
SHOULD it be every Cork resident's right to get out on the abundant waters of the harbour, or the River Lee?
- Master a Hollywood makeover from the comfort of your home
Master a Hollywood makeover at home. Lisa Haynes reveals how anyone can glam up like last week's Oscar winners.
- Bring colour into the home with the Ombré effect
Fans of the late, great but much repeated Sex and the City will remember that amongst Carrie Bradshaw's experimental hair dos was her attempt at the ombré effect.