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# compensation
Galway couple overcharged €1.23 million by KBC Bank on their mortgage
The couple were overcharged on mortgages for a number of investment properties.
# tracker mortgage scandal
Here's how many customers each of the main banks say they overcharged
Some of the banks have increased their numbers significantly.
# mortgage to rent
'We are crying out for help': A father's letter to the Taoiseach as he battles to keep family home
Karl O’Doherty had been advised by the Master of the High Court to write to Leo Varadkar.
# compensation
After putting aside €4m last year to cover tracker scandal, KBC now says it'll cost €59m
KBC estimates up to 1,661 of its customers may have been impacted.
# dear leo
High Court Master lashes KBC and tells father in arrears to write to Taoiseach
Edmund Honohan: ‘What kind of a way is that for a bank to approach its customers?’
# Tracker Scandal
Tracker mortgage motion which will ban bonuses for bankers to be backed by government
Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath said the minister should give no approval for salary increases until redress is given.
# Hotting Up
Irish banks are at war over mortgage rates - which could be good for consumers
KBC has announced a new fixed mortgage rate offering.
# sorted
Got a question about the CAO? We'll have the experts in tomorrow morning to answer all your queries
Let us know the questions you want answered.
# rental trap
"We're paying more in rent to a landlord than we would in a mortgage - that's just pointless"
Attendees at KBC’s ‘mortgage lounge’ in midweek don’t see any future in staying in Ireland’s rental market.
# we're staying
These are the reasons why KBC has decided not to leave Ireland
The bank also announced it will have a new focus on small business lending.
# Financial Services
Why KBC is thinking of cashing out of Ireland - and why it's being tipped to stay
The lender’s 1,000 local staff are sweating on a decision tomorrow.
# uncertainty
KBC staff 'concerned for their jobs' as bank decides on its future in Ireland
The bank’s management will be deciding how to tackle the Irish market on the 9 February.
# android pay
You can now pay for things using your phone (but only if it's an Android)
Two banks, KBC and AIB, will be offering the service.
# 2017
Saying goodbye to 2016: What big changes will you make next year?
It’s been a tough one, so all hail 2017.
# Change generation
QUIZ: Are You Ready To Move In With Your Other Half?
Bye bye flatmates, hello partner? Find out here.
# Change generation
QUIZ: Are You Ready To Settle (Down)?
Are you looking for a change? Let’s see.
# Change generation
Essential home kit you should invest in when you're a grown-up
At some stage, the people who are happy to drink wine from a mug disappear from your life…
# Change generation
Students: Be productive and make the most of your breaks from college
It’s not all about binging on box-sets: this is the time to feather your CV for future employers.
# Change generation
Decision time: How to decide on the career that's (hopefully) right for you
Choosing a career is one of the most important decision you will ever make – so don’t just fall into it.
# Change generation
Bored and broke? Here are some free things to do this weekend
Bored and out of money? We’ve got some suggestions for free things to do.
# Change generation
The psychology of house sharing: how to get on with the people you're living with
Can’t we all just get along? Former Olympic team psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick helps us understand why housemates fight.
# Change generation
What one tip would you give students to make the most of college?
Getting the balance right in college can be tough. We asked students how to manage being happy AND productive.
# Change generation
How to do your Big Shop on a budget
What should be in the basket and what should stay on the shelf?
# Change generation
QUIZ: What Kind Of Flatmates Do You Need?
Whether you’re flying the coop for the first time, or on your millionth houseshare, it’s need-to-know info.
# sponsored
You can find all of the Round Two CAO offers right here
Didn’t get what you wanted on the first pass? We’ve got the latest points from every institution.
# sponsored by kbc
QUIZ: Can We Guess What Kind of Car You Drive?
Beep beep. Let’s find out.
# sponsored by kbc
Here's everything you need to know before you look at getting your first mortgage
We’ve got you covered.
# The Boss
Michael Noonan warns banks: Cut your interest rates or else...
“Happy customers make for profitable banks,” the finance minister said today.
# Bad news
There's been a sharp dip in consumer confidence and water charges might be to blame
The 8-year high in consumer sentiment recorded in September didn’t last long.
# Out the door
On the way out? KBC Bank considers a sale of its Irish outfit
The Belgian outfit is focused on returning to profitability within two years, but then says that all options are on the table.
# Hardball
Stop paying your mortgage. Don't leave your home - new advice from the IMHO
The IMHO is playing hardball, and will today launch a controversial ‘no surrender’ policy on debt solutions.
# No clean break
Chief whip accuses exiting banks of 'slash and burn'
Government Seanad chief whip says that foreign banks are damaging the economy.
# not so happy customers
Consumer sentiment down in March after seven year high
The chief economist at KBC Bank Ireland said it likely reflects a normal ebb and flow in the data and we shouldn’t be too worried.
# Help
Mortgage holders group join with KBC to offer arrears advice service
The bank will fund the scheme, but it will be independently run.
# sponsored by kbc
6 signs you need your own space
It’s not you. It’s me.
# sponsored by kbc
7 things that are totally worth the effort
Ah, go on. It’ll be worth it.
# Consumer Sentiment
Consumer confidence is at the highest level since June 2007
The KBC/ESRI consumer confidence survey rose again in October.
# The Future is Bright
Irish business 'nervous about unpleasant budget surprises'
But they are brightened by further increases in activity levels over the past three months.
# Priory Hall
Priory Hall residents: 'If talks are to take place we want to be a part of them'
Priory Hall residents say they have been unofficially approached about talks that are due to take place.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?