State-OWNED Permanent TSB, once Ireland's biggest mortgage lender, overcharged 838 customers in the three years prior to 2011, the Minister for Finance has revealed.
In a response to a parliamentary question from Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said €4.3m had been refunded due to errors which arose in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
He told Mr Doherty that the overcharging related to mortgage loans where the customer had paid an interest rate in excess of that agreed between bank and customer.
Permanent TSB had 1.8 million customer accounts and, given this volume, it was inevitable that errors would arise from time to time, Mr Noonan said. He added that the bank, in which the State has a 99.5 per cent shareholding, was committed to minimising such errors and ensuring they were rectified as soon as possible.
President to deliver festive message
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins will deliver a Christmas and new year message to the nation today. He is expected to offer words of support to Irish people at home and abroad and encourage those everywhere to embrace the spirit of Christmas by reaching out to those who are experiencing hardship or loss.
The President's message is due to be broadcast on national TV and radio bulletins today, and will be circulated to Irish people worldwide through online, print and social media.
Man in court over Rossiter murder
A 29-year-old man will appear before a special sitting of Clonmel District Court today at 12.30pm in connection with the murder of Shane Rossiter on October 17.
Gardai last week arrested seven people in connection with the murder. The investigation is continuing.
Hundreds join Belfast peace vigil
SEVERAL hundred people surrounded Belfast City Hall yesterday during a peace vigil following two weeks of street disturbances that brought a loyalist death threat to First Minister Peter Robinson. Several churchmen attended the vigil, which saw hundreds of people linking arms before taking part in five minutes of prayers.
The organisers said the turnout sent a powerful message that people supported peace.
Organiser Andrew Masters said: "The past 10 days have reminded us that while we have come so far we still have a journey ahead of us. We wanted to do something positive and just pray for peace and hope."
'Lost' Stoker writings to be published
AN AMERICAN author has unearthed writings by Irish novelist Bram Stoker, the creator of Dracula, that were published more than a century ago in periodicals that were thought lost.
Following two years of detective work, John Edgar Browning, a specialist in horror, has accumulated short stories, poetry and journalism. The Forgotten Writings of Bram Stoker is published this month.
Clare balladeer McMahon laid to rest
THE funeral will take place today in Co Clare of balladeer Robbie McMahon, 86, who was best known for his rendition of the traditional Irish folk song Spancil Hill. Mr McMahon died last Thursday following a short illness.
The funeral Mass is at 12.30pm today in Clooney Church, followed by burial in Kilraghtis Cemetery.
Katie set for return to ring in Dublin
It will mark the beginning of the London gold medal winner's campaign to defend her Olympic title ahead of the Rio Games in 2016. The Bray boxer and her father, Pete, will attend a special announcement in Dublin on Tuesday to reveal details.
Bus staff to vote on industrial action
SIPTU members in Bus Eireann will vote on industrial action after the company said it would introduce cost-cutting measures following unions' rejection of a hearing at the Labour Court.
Bus Eireann said the cuts are needed as the company is facing annual losses of €16m if no agreement is made. But SIPTU organiser Willie Noone said the decision, just days before Christmas, to threaten staff with pay cuts and major changes to their conditions of employment may result in industrial action at the CIE companies.
Heaney honoured in Trinity tribute
POET Seamus Heaney has described a new professorship in his name at Trinity College Dublin, which is expected to become one of the country's most prestigious academic appointments, as a great honour.
The Derry-born Nobel Laureate said he was grateful the new post was named after him because of his high regard for the university's contribution to Irish writing.
One winner of €4.65m Lotto jackpot
There was one winner of last night's €4,650,968 Lotto jackpot. The ticket was sold in the east and the numbers were 3, 13, 15, 22, 26, 30 (bonus 9).
There were two Match 5+bonus winners who each get €25k; 72 Match 5s (€998); 223 Match 4s+bonus (€81); 2,660 Match 4s (€42); 4,530 Match 3+bonus (€16) and 39,441 Match 3s (€5). The Lotto Plus 1 numbers were 12, 19, 23, 30, 39, 43 (bonus 13) and the Lotto Plus 2 numbers were 2, 4, 18, 23, 34, 35 (bonus 38).
In the UK draw for £4m the numbers were 6, 19, 22, 23, 28, 29 (bonus 18).
Plumber's mother still seeking justice
THE mother of a 20-year-old plumber murdered in a gangland hit while working at the house of drug dealer Marlo Hyland six years ago says she is still seeking justice.
Speaking on The Late Late Show, Christine Campbell said she will never be able to move on until Anthony's killers are convicted. Despite 21 arrests being made in connection with the crime, nobody has ever been charged with apprentice Anthony's murder – or that of Hyland.
Victoria Cross hero Hughes recalled
IRISH Victoria Cross hero Thomas Hughes, who was born in 1885, is to be honoured 70 years after his death with a graveside ceremony in Co Monaghan early next year.
Hughes (31) was a private in the Connaught Rangers when, on September 3, 1916, at Guillemont in France, he captured a machine-gun post while wounded and took four prisoners. Eventually promoted to corporal, he died, aged 56, at Carrickmacross on January 8, 1942.
Dublin woman leaves €3m in will
VERONICA Kavanagh, of Kimmage Road West, Terenure, Dublin, has left €3,003,641 in her will.
Other Wills: Richard Booth, farmer, the Heath, Portlaoise, Co Laois, €1,916,016; Annie V Roberts, Kilpedder, Co Wicklow, €1,396,047; Dymphna Murphy, Cabra Rd, Dublin, €1,244,181; Veronica Ball, Estham Rd, Bettystown, Co Meath, €1,236,789; Josephine Finnerty, farmer, Redcross, Co Wicklow, €1,055,771; and John de Courcy Valentine, auctioneer, Adelaide Rd, Glenageary, Dublin, €1,021,670.
The value of wills includes property, including the family home, and should not be regarded as cash amounts