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#Banks

# banks - Monday 21 September, 2020

The FinCEN files: Major banks moved multi-million sums of 'dirty' money

The investigation points in particular to five major banks – JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank and Bank of New York Mellon.

Majority of bank accounts used for money mule transactions belong to people aged 18-24

A new campaign aims to highlight the dangers for teens and encourage their parents to look out for red flags.

# banks - Friday 28 August, 2020

Department of Social Protection and An Post issue warnings over scam text messages

Health officials are warning anyone who thinks they’ve been affected to contact their bank.

# banks - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty accuses banks of ‘profiteering from pandemic’

Since March, nearly 80,000 mortgage-holders impacted by the pandemic have taken payment breaks.

# banks - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

Almost €600 million spent on contactless payments in May

The contactless limit was increased to €50 in April in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

# banks - Monday 11 May, 2020

Taoiseach meets with five major banks to discuss Covid-19

The government says that the banks have agreed that anyone availing of a mortgage break can now extend the loan term.

# banks - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Drop of nearly 10% in mortgage approvals in March compared to 2019

The figures offer an early indication of the impact of Covid-19 on lending.

# banks - Thursday 30 April, 2020

Covid-19 mortgage break to be extended from three months to six

All of the country’s main banks are participating in the break.

# banks - Monday 20 April, 2020

Banks say that people who got mortgage approval before the crisis can have this extended

Customers can be granted an extension in situations where their “circumstances have not materially changed”.

# banks - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Banks to offer three-month mortgage break to customers affected by coronavirus outbreak

Banks will also defer court proceedings for three months.

Paschal Donohoe to meet with five main banks about coronavirus plans

AIB, Bank of Ireland, KBC, Permanent TSB and Ulster Bank will meet Department of Finance officials at 4pm.

# banks - Thursday 12 March, 2020

Minister says three pillar banks 'will support businesses' through coronavirus crisis

Heather Humphreys said there will be emergency working capital and payment flexibility on borrowings.

# banks - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

AIB setting aside €300 million redress for 'previously identified' tracker mortgage victims

The Central Bank said last year that lenders had already paid €683 million in redress to impacted customers.

# banks - Wednesday 15 January, 2020

From apps to taps: Where Ireland sits in the march toward a cashless society

Early adoption is led by the Nordics and Asia as infrastructure and societal acceptance plays catch up.

# banks - Friday 15 November, 2019

Banks given 'free pass' by this government, SF Ard Fheis told

The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis kicked off in Derry today.

# banks - Wednesday 25 September, 2019

New Central Bank rules to stop brokers accepting free golf trips and sports tickets from banks

From March next year, brokers and financial adviser will also have to publish details of commissions they receive on their websites.

# banks - Thursday 19 September, 2019

Taoiseach urged to tell banks to stop investing in fossil fuels during his UN speech in New York

Varadkar will attend the UN General Assembly and address the summit on sustainable development goals.

# banks - Saturday 14 September, 2019

KBC Bank admits it used time limit clause in 27 tracker complaints to Ombudsman

A number of banks, including KBC, reversed their decision to challenge the investigation of these complaints after a public rebuke by the ombudsman.

# banks - Monday 19 August, 2019

Banks use time limit to challenge tracker mortgage complaints to Ombudsman

Ombudsman Ger Deering said up to 500 customers could be affected by these challenges.

# banks - Monday 22 July, 2019

Acting Central Bank governor says bankers' pay caps 'may limit the pool of candidates for senior positions'

The finance minister is currently considering a report which reviewed whether bankers’ pay should be increased.

# banks - Tuesday 16 July, 2019

Banks offer average of €194,000 to people who lost homes due to tracker mortgage scandal

There were 99 homes lost as a result of lenders’ failings as well as 216 buy-to-let properties.

# banks - Tuesday 9 July, 2019

'It's a no-brainer': New not-for-profit company aims to keep distressed borrowers in their homes

Homeoptions is offering itself as an alternative to vulture funds and said it is already engaging with one bank in relation to a home loan portfolio.

# banks - Tuesday 2 July, 2019

Ulster Bank sells off nearly 4,000 of its customers in massive family home loan book sale

90% of the loans due to be sold are family homes – about 3,200 accounts.

# banks - Sunday 2 June, 2019

More banks to face fines over tracker mortgage scandal as officials coy about revealing cost details

Ulster Bank recently told an Oireachtas Finance committee that it will not be disclosing the amount of money it has set aside to deal with the fine.

# banks - Thursday 30 May, 2019

'Unacceptable harm': The scandal that led to a record fine for one of Ireland's pillar banks

Permanent TSB has been fined €21 million for regulatory breaches affecting tracker mortgage customers.

# banks - Friday 19 April, 2019

Taoiseach says he didn’t realise his mortgage could be sold on by his bank when he took it out in 2003

In an interview with TheJournal.ie this week, the Taoiseach said he understood the intent behind Sinn Féin’s No Consent No Sale Bill.

# banks - Saturday 13 April, 2019

Concerns over letters sent to mortgage-holders demanding full payment of arrears within 30 days

The Central Bank is aware that a regulated entity has written to a number of buy-to-let borrowers in arrears.

# banks - Thursday 11 April, 2019

New AIB boss wants performance-based bonus ban lifted for bankers as staff are being enticed to competitors

New AIB boss wants performance-based bonus ban lifted for bankers as staff are being enticed to competitors

Following the banking crash, a government policy on bonuses was rolled out for State-owned banks.

# banks - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Finance Minister says he wouldn't mind if his mortgage was held by a vulture fund

The minister said the Sinn Fein Bill to give mortgage holders the power to block the sale of their loans to vulture funds is unconstitutional.

# banks - Sunday 24 March, 2019

Any tax loopholes used by vulture funds won't be closed down until the autumn, says Taoiseach

Last year, the Taoiseach vowed to close a loophole which allowed a €1.3 billion mortgage ‘vehicle’ from paying tax.

# banks - Saturday 23 March, 2019

High Court Master says case could be taken against Ireland over special tax treatment given to vulture funds

Edmund Honohan has said there are many similarities to be drawn with the Apple case being taken.

# banks - Sunday 3 March, 2019

Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness told the Taoiseach that people are crying out for help.

# banks - Monday 4 February, 2019

Banks pay out €647 million to victims of tracker mortgage scandal

The number of people affected by the overcharging scandal has now risen to almost 40,000.

# banks - Thursday 31 January, 2019

Bill which aims to force banks to ask for permission before selling mortgages to vulture funds passes in the Dáil

The Bill puts into law what already exists at the moment as a voluntary Central Bank code

# banks - Sunday 13 January, 2019

'History will judge this': Experts see little change in bank culture after scandals and protests

People who are working every day with customers in arrears say lenders are still refusing to cooperate in any significant way.

# banks - Friday 11 January, 2019

'It's your job to call the vulture funds out': High Court Master pens letter to Micheál Martin

Edmund Honohan urged the Fianna Fáil leader to support a piece of legislation he wrote that is currently before the Dáil.

# banks - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean?

It could mean they can offer small loans to people who otherwise mightn’t get credit.

# banks - Tuesday 1 January, 2019

New rules making it easier to switch your mortgage kick in from today

Lenders will now have to tell customers 60 days before their fixed term ends and let them know about new rates and other options.

# banks - Friday 28 December, 2018

Varadkar says he's reluctant to use the term 'vulture fund' to describe firms that have bought up Irish mortgages

Varadkar says he tried to remove split mortgage-holders from recent loan book sales but failed to do so.

# banks - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

SF proposes new law to prevent mortgages being sold to a vulture fund without the borrower's consent

Doherty said his proposed Bill will ensure the code is put into primary legislation.

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