Postmasters divided on restructuring offer

Post offices and credit unions are a readymade network of branches with deep roots in their localities, says Michael Clifford.


Sparkassen system could serve rural Ireland

The German Sparkassen public banking system is regarded as a major success, although it could be argued that the cultural and political mores of the Germans might not be easily replicated in this country.


Rural Ireland not banking on funds to come from the pillar institutions

Despite the Government’s claims, it seems small businesses are still struggling to secure funding from banks, writes Michael Clifford.