The chief of KBC Bank Ireland has said its parent is “absolutely committed” to staying in Ireland even as the top boss of the Belgian group expressed impatience with the long-running Central Bank review into
Up to 10 more customers of Permanent TSB have lost their homes on top of the 22 already known from the fallout of the tracker mortgage scandal, while KBC Ireland had said it has still not contacted many customers wrongly put on more expensive loans.
The Dublin region will see substantial growth rates in the coming years –matching the economic surge of the ‘pre-bubble Celtic Tiger’ era, but leading economists are struggling to find a new moniker for this new and milder economic beast —with suggestions so far including ‘the Celtic Wolfhound’ and ‘the Celtic Kitten’.
Leading Irish economists are considering increasing their growth forecasts later this month, as the recovery enters a new phase that looks more like the early “virtuous” years of the Celtic Tiger before the economy ballooned 12 years ago.
Bank of Ireland has taken its first step to comply with Government demands to lower mortgage rates — by cutting a range of fixed-term home loan rates only, but experts say that the Irish lenders continue to charge among the priciest variable rates in Europe.