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.

Mandelson backs 'people's bank' plans



Business Secretary Lord Mandelson is backing plans to create a "people's bank" using the 12,000-strong post office network, it was revealed today.

Questions of cash: 'Why is the Post Office casting savers adrift?'

Q. I invested in a Post Office Bond in October 2008, aware that my money would be invested by the Post Office with the Bank of Ireland. The printed material from the Post Office said I was "saving with the Post Office". On 15 January, I received a letter using the Post Office logo stating that, because the level of protection under Ireland's Depositors Protection Scheme had been increased by the Irish government to €100,000 (£94,000), the Post Office would "no longer [be] part of the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme". My investment is instead covered by the Irish scheme. The Post Office seems to regard itself just as an introducer of business between individuals and the Bank of Ireland and is casting savers adrift without accepting responsibilities towards us. This will not do – I invested with them because I trusted the Post Office and I believed that I was protected by the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme. ML, Norfolk

James Daley: Bank British, and you can sleep easy

Sixteen months on from the collapse of Northern Rock, the question on everyone's lips is still – where will my money be safe? And as Britain's biggest banks shed billions from their market values this week, it's still not a question to which many people feel they've found the answer.

Bristol & West closes to new business after over 150 years of trading

Bristol & West, one of the UK's oldest financial services brands, closed to new business yesterday, bringing to an end more than 150 years of trading for the former building society.

Adams is latest retailer to face administration

Childrenswear chain Adams is on the brink of collapse and is expected to appoint the accountancy group PriceWaterhouse Coopers as administrator within the next week.

Ireland's three biggest banks given €7bn bailout

The Irish banking system was the latest to receive state assistance over the weekend as the government in Dublin agreed to spend as much as €7bn of taxpayers' money to rescue the country's three biggest banks. The move will mean that Anglo Irish Bank, which was caught up in a loans scandal last week, has in effect been nationalised.

Former owner in last-ditch attempt to save Woolies

Former Woolworths chief executive Sir Geoff Mulcahy will tomorrow talk to Ardeshir Naghshineh, Woolworths' biggest shareholder before the company collapsed, over a possible 11th-hour rescue plan, which is scheduled to shut its doors for the final time in less than three weeks.

Lenders slow to pass on interest rate cut

Mortgage lenders were slow to respond to today's 1 per cent interest rate cut with just four groups saying they would be reducing rates for their borrowers.

Woolworths stores 'set for administration'

High street store Woolworths' retail division is poised to go into administration later today, a company source said.



The end of Woolies?

The prospect of Woolworths vanishing from the high street is increasing as Naghshineh mulls a counter bid to Hilco's £1 offer. Simon Evans and Nick Clark report

Woolworths' lenders call in restructuring experts from Deloitte

Deloitte's corporate restructuring arm has been called in by two of the troubled high-street group Woolworths' biggest lenders ahead of discussion about the company's business plan and budget for next year.

Leading graduate employers pull out of university 'milk round'

Several leading graduate employers have pulled out of this year's university "milk round", as the credit crunch has forced them to pare back recruitment plans for 2009.

Questions the Government faces over banking guarantees

The Government is facing increased pressure to follow its European counterparts in pledging 100 per cent protection for UK savers.

EC to investigate Ireland's €400bn bank safety net

Competition inquiry is launched after complaints from rival British banks

Halifax heads rout of banking stocks amid fears over US bailout moves

Banking giant falls nearly 14 per cent, while Bradford & Bingley drops 12 per cent
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