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.

David Prosser: Ireland gets bond issue away, but at a price

Outlook At first sight, the ease with which Ireland got its €1.5bn (£1.27bn) bond issue away yesterday should prompt sympathy for those in the country who have become crosser in recent days about speculation its finances are not sustainable.

Business Diary: A career in comedy awaits

Amongst the many improvements Twitter can claim to have brought to modern life is the provision of a medium through which our MPs can demonstrate they're actually real people with a sense of humour (or smart alecks with too much time on their hands – you decide). So to Labour MP Tom Watson and his hilarious tweet on the appointment of HSBC chairman Stephen Green as a government Trade minister. "Blimey," says Watson. "When Mr Osborne said he'd take on the bankers, I didn't know it meant he'd make them ministers."

Euro banks to lead Liverpool One £500m refinancing deal

Agreement on city's shopping centre marks foreign lenders' appetite for investing in UK property

Recession leaves piggy banks bare

It's official: people in Ireland literally raided their piggy banks as they were hit by some of the toughest austerity measures and the longest recession in Europe.

Post office launches mortgage deals

The Post Office today increased its assault on the mortgage market with the launch of a range of deals for first-time buyers.

Bank of Ireland plans to raise €3.4bn from investors

bank of ireland was yesterday described as "the first of our financial institutions to emerge from the banking crisis" by the Irish Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan, as the company unveiled plans to raise €3.4bn (£2.9bn), largely from institutional investors.

Can the Post Office deliver its plan to take on banking's big boys?

The high-street institution unveils £180m plans for new financial products, cheap loans and 90 per cent mortgages. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

The People's Bank aims to offer financial services to everyone

Labour plans to turn the Post Office into a local bank with services for all – but will it work?

Bank of Ireland soars on fundraising plans

Shares in Bank of Ireland soared by more than 24 per cent after the lender said that it will tap private sources for a "substantial amount" of the €2.7bn it needs to strengthen its capital buffers.

Jarvis administrator inundated as predators scent a killing

Firms flock to make bids for the separated divisions of the failed rail maintenance group

David Prosser: Savers must be protected at all costs

Outlook And then there was one. Only the state-backed National Savings & Investments can now promise all customers that their deposits are 100 per cent underwitten by the British Government. Northern Rock depositors, who have benefited from the same pledge during the bank's period of public ownership, will henceforth be restricted to the same £50,000 cap on compensation as savers with all other banks and building societies.

Northern Rock guarantee will be gone in May

Savers with up to £50,000 will still be eligible for state deposit protection scheme

Royal Mail profits rise by 4%

The Royal Mail increased its operating profit to £184 million in the first half of the current financial year despite a drop in revenues and fewer letters being posted, it was announced today.

Banks protest as FSA demands more capital

Watchdog to treble the amount lenders must hold in gilts to prevent crises
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