Ulster Bank will continue to operate in Ireland and remains a core part of Royal Bank of Scotland's business, according to its chief executive Jim Brown.
The level of defaulted loans at Bank of Ireland has continued to fall, according to an interim management statement by the bank, with customer deposits and new lending continuing to increase.
Thousands of farmers manned pickets across the country yesterday as the IFA members backed the association's call for a 24-hour blockade of beef processing plants.
The definition of 'active farmer' in the Finance Bill has been described as "unacceptable" by ICSA president Patrick Kent.
Irish beef exporters are gaining an increasing share of the UK import market, with supplies from this side of the Irish Sea growing at three times the rate of total imports from the EU as a whole.