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

Irish minister denies reneging over debt

Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan has denied reneging on election commitments to force major European bank lenders to take a hit on debt.

€70bn to bail out Irish banks

The final bill for bailing out Ireland's banks will be 70 billion euro (£61 billion) after stress tests by the Central Bank in Dublin detailed that four institutions need another 24 billion euro (£21 billion).

ECB finalises bank liquidity scheme

The European Central Bank is set to announce a new liquidity facility for troubled eurozone banks this week, to coincide with the results of the latest round of stress tests on troubled Irish lenders on Wednesday.

Management buy out TJ Hughes

The discount department store TJ Hughes has been sold to its management in a private equity-backed deal. The Liverpool-based firm, which has 57 stores and more than 4,000 employees, is being bought for an undisclosed sum by a team led by recently appointed chief executive Beatrice Lafon with financing from turnaround specialists Endless.

Ireland warns it will fire top bankers found unfit

Ireland has put the directors of its state-supported banks on notice that they will be sacked if they are found to be unfit for the job.

Government moves to take control of Allied Irish

Allied Irish Bank (AIB) is set to fall into the hands of the Irish taxpayer, after a court passed the government's move to bail out the teetering group with a further €3.7bn (£3.1bn).

Business News in Brief: Anglo American to sell Scaw’s South African assets

The FTSE 100 miner Anglo American is expected to sell off the South African assets of steel maker Scaw Metals in the latest phase of its disposal programme.

Europe agrees to €85bn bailout of Irish economy

Finance chiefs hope stability mechanism will spare others

Bank of Ireland art nets £1.3bn

Protesters claimed the art works should be donated to the nation. But the €1.5m (£1.3m) raised from the sale of Bank of Ireland's collection will go to community-based arts projects, rather than the crisis-rocked bank itself.

Ireland's banks prepare for full nationalisation as crisis grows

Ireland was last night poised to nationalise its two biggest banks as the country continues to be battered by the financial crisis.

David Prosser: The stress tests that meant nothing

Outlook Among the many mistakes made in the aftermath of the Greek crisis earlier this year, the deeply flawed round of "stress tests" on Europe's banks must surely rank up there with the biggest. These were the tests conducted in July by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (Cebs) on 90-plus institutions across the EU. Just seven failed, while both Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland passed with flying colours.

Irish troubles could affect UK investors

There will be knock-on effects from the crisis gripping our neighbour

First Athens, now Dublin. Will Lisbon and Madrid follow?

As the EU and its central bankers try to persuade Ireland to accept aid, fears rise for other weak eurozone states

Economic crash to drive 100,000 out of Ireland

Just three years ago, when business was booming for Paul Lynch, a plumber from Tallaght, Co Dublin, nothing could have been further from his mind than the prospect of leaving Ireland in search of a new life overseas.

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