Tánaiste: Banks could face levies for not passing on lower interest rates

Tánaiste: Banks could face levies for not passing on lower interest rates

The Tánaiste Joan Burton says people paying high interest rates on their mortgages will get a deduction.

She also said banks who refuse to pass on lower rates to customers could face a levy or some other sort of sanction.

Ms Burton's comments follow those of Michael Noonan who yesterday raised the prospect of a levy on banks who will not lower their rates.

In the Dáil this lunchtime the Tánaiste assured TDs that the variable interest rates would be lowered.

She said: "The people who are paying those rates will actually receive reductions and if they don't there are other mechanisms, one of which is a levy.

"If the banks continue to turn a deaf ear to the discussion that's ongoing, the banks will have to face other consequences."


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