Arts and Entertainment Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane as 'The Commitments' author Doyle has signed a deal to work with Keane to write the footballer's autobiography

Roddy Doyle, author of "The Commitments", has signed a deal to work with Roy Keane on the controversial ex-footballer’s latest autobiography.

Greek bailout could worsen EU debt crisis, warns Moody's

The Greek bailout has increased, rather than decreased, the danger that Europe's debt crisis could spread to Spain and Italy, Moody's warned yesterday as it significantly cut Greece's credit rating and said a default appeared inevitable.

Investors buy shares to boost Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland has escaped majority state ownership after a group of investors agreed to buy more than one billion euro (£880 million) in shares.

Musgrave overtakes Tesco after Irish buy

The company behind Londis and Budgens is to buy the troubled Irish grocer Superquinn out of receivership for an undisclosed sum, catapulting it above Tesco to become the biggest player in the Irish market. The purchase by Musgrave Group, which operates the SuperValu, Centra and Daybreak chains in Ireland, will secure the long-term future of Superquinn and 2,800 jobs at 24-store chain.

Ireland can teach us some valuable literary lessons

As Ireland's institutions crumbled, writers and artists kept their good name – and are now courted by the state.

BoI to rethink swap for Bristol & West 'pibs'

The Bank of Ireland (BoI) has cancelled plans that could have seen savers holding £75m in bonds issued by the old Bristol & West building society lose at least 80 per cent of the face value of their holdings.

Court Battle: Pensioner takes on Bank of Ireland to keep savings

This 73-year-old pensioner, Albert Kempster, will take the Bank of Ireland (BOI) to court on Wednesday to prevent his savings being plundered.

Mark Leftly: Does the Irish government feel no shame?

The Bank of Ireland must back down right now on taking pensioners' bonds

Pensioner faces '£500,000 bill' to challenge bank

Bank of Ireland's refusal to waive legal costs threatens to deny justice to bond-holders

B&W pensioners ask FSA to probe Bank of Ireland

"Financially vulnerable" pensioners have called on the Financial Services Authority to investigate the Bank of Ireland (BoI) over what they argue are attempts to plunder their savings.

Pensioners strike blow over Bristol & West losses

More than 2,000 pensioners trying to stop their savings being raided by the Bank of Ireland have claimed their first success.

British 'pensioners and orphans' to challenge Bank of Ireland in court

British pensioners are taking legal action against the Bank of Ireland at the High Court this week as anger and resentment grows over attempts to plunder their savings.

RBS and Lloyds may face credit-ratings cut

The tougher regulatory backdrop in the UK could trigger a ratings cut for up to 14 financial institutions, including the Royal Bank of Scotland and its part-nationalised peer, Lloyds, the credit ratings agency Moody's warned yesterday.

Obama 'comes home' to Ireland

US president Barack Obama took to the stage in Dublin today in front of a crowd of 25,000 claiming he was home.

Bank of Ireland post €1bn loss

Bank of Ireland has announced losses of almost 1 billion euro (£889.9 million) for last year.

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