Bank of Ireland hit with record €100m fine over tracker mortgage scandal (via Irish Times)

Customers of seven lenders investigated by Central Bank lost a total of 327 properties as result of overcharging scandal

Bank of Ireland has been fined a record €100.5 million for its role in the State’s tracker mortgage scandal, which resulted in huge overcharging of borrowers and an industrywide loss of 327 homes.

The Bank of Ireland penalty eclipsed the previous record of €96.7 million levelled against AIB and its EBS subsidiary in June — and brings total tracker fines against seven lenders subjected to enforcement investigations to almost €279 million.

The Central Bank said Bank of Ireland’s failures resulted in the loss of 50 properties, including 25 family homes, which would have been avoided if it “had complied with the most basic fundamentals of its consumer protection obligations”.

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Prosecution of Soldier F for Bloody Sunday killings to resume (via Irish Times)

Soldier F charged with murder of William McKinney and James Wray and five counts of attempted murder

The prosecution of Soldier F for murder and attempted murder on Bloody Sunday is to resume.

The North’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) confirmed on Thursday it had decided to continue with proceedings against Soldier F, which it had put on hold last year.

It follows the decision by senior judges in Belfast to refuse the PPS leave to appeal a ruling earlier this year quashing the decision to discontinue legal proceedings against Soldier F.

Mickey McKinney, the brother of William McKinney — one of two victims in relation to whom Soldier F faced a charge of murder — welcomed the decision and said he was “delighted” the prosecution of Soldier F was to recommence.

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Former horse racing trainer convicted of assaulting farmer with a whip (via Irish Times)

Judge Mary Larkin convicted Stephen Mahon of assault causing harm to farmer John Hughes

A judge has convicted former horse racing trainer Stephen Mahon of assaulting a farmer with a horse whip.

At Gort District Court on Thursday, Judge Mary Larkin convicted the ex-trainer of the assault causing harm to farmer John Hughes on a Co Galway boreen in October 2020.

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