Category Archives: Banking

It is harder to fight against pleasure than against anger.

“. . . There’s a battle outside and it’s ragin’, it’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, For the Times they are a’Changin . . . ” . . . wrote Blind Boy Grunt sometime in Autumn sixtie … Continue reading

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Credit where credit is due

Following on from last week’s ECB decision to cut interest rates to a record low of 0.05%, IBEC reports that the average mortgage monthly repayment in Ireland has fallen by €766 per month (€9,000) per year. Spare a thought for … Continue reading

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Duty galls

I’ve been feeling rather smug lately as I’ve nearly managed to clear the onerous debt on my credit card. It’s taken years but I’m almost there. Funnily enough when I owed the bank thousands I never heard from them, but … Continue reading

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Rate my banker

The Central Bank of Ireland, along with the Banking Regulator, presided over the greatest cataclysm in Irish banking history. Even today, they purport to oversee a dysfunctional system that has effectively devolved into a duopoly with little competition and no … Continue reading

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Fail better

Bill Cullen and his partner Jackie Lavin appeared on the Marion Finucane show over the weekend. They spoke frankly about the collapse of the business empire that Bill had built from nothing over a period of 50 years. Their predicament … Continue reading

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eyem not justa piece of meat . . .

finished work BANG! on @ 5 and walked as fast as Vladimir Kanaykin to the bus stop opposite the central bank and waited . . . not very long.  the journey home was pleasant, as pleasant as a Dublin bus … Continue reading

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“My Mum’s American, she’s from Detroit”

with thirtie minutes remaining of work i walk the green carpeted stairs toward the library and sit on one of the forty eight brown leather chairs opposite the five windows facing onto Kildare Street.  Wasting the remainder of our time … Continue reading

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Wise Monkeys

Back in October we reported the 25% hike in public transport fares. An increase sanctioned by the Transport Regulator. This week it looks likely that Irish consumers will be hit with a hike in energy prices. (One wonders if this … Continue reading

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More credit to you…

As Ireland slouches towards regaining economic sovereignty and exiting the bailout programme, our government appears eager to incur further debt. Last night it emerged that the Irish taxpayer will be forced to bail out the beleaguered Newbridge Credit Union to … Continue reading

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Is this the worst outdoor ad ever?

Working in the marketing industry, I’ve made my fair share of crap ads over the years, but I don’t think anything rivals this piece of utter rubbish from Nationwide UK (Ireland). I mean what exactly is the point here? Does … Continue reading

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