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The Credit Union Pod

The Irish League of Credit Unions is delighted to bring you 'The Credit Union Pod', a new podcast series aimed at all those with an interest in the development of credit unions across the island of Ireland.  

With the recent departure of a number of banks from the Irish market, and the continued withdrawal of banking services from local communities, credit unions have a critical role to play in bringing real competition to the retail financial services sector.  

This series, published by the Irish League of Credit Unions, will highlight the important role which credit unions play in serving more than three million members across the island. It will also outline the challenges and opportunities faced by credit unions in expanding their services in the areas of current accounts, mortgages, SME lending, community finance, agri and green lending and so much more. 

If you have a suggestion on a topic which you'd like to see covered in a future edition of the Credit Union Pod, please click here to submit.


Episode 1 – The Economy & Credit Union Performance with Robert Maxwell (Economist) and Dave Hewson (ILCU Data Analyst)




Episode 2 – Community Lending in Credit Unions with Patrick Lawlor, Head of Professional Advisory Services, ILCU, Donal Traynor, CEO of Community Finance Ireland,  and David McCauley, CEO of Donore Credit Union.




Episode 3  - Growing the loan book. What's working?
Patrick Lawlor Head of Professional Advisory Services at the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) speaks with David Hewson, ILCU Data Analyst, Gerry Kelly, CEO of St. Colman's Credit Union in Claremorris, Naomi Masterson, CEO of Enfield Credit Union, and Triona Fitzgerald, Head of Lending & Business Development at Nenagh Credit Union about all things lending.




Volunteering in the Credit Union - ILCU President's perspective, Chapter changes, and considering the CUAC Report recommendations In episode 4 (Part 1),
Barry Harrington, Head of Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs at the Irish League of Credit Unions speaks with Mark Johnston, ILCU Volunteer Engagement Manager and ILCU President, Martin Busch about his experience volunteering with the credit union and his role as President, and ongoing work in relation to Chapter and CUAC report recommendations.




Volunteering in the Credit Union - Expert views on the Challenges and Opportunities In episode 4 (Part 2),
Barry Harrington, Head of Advocacy & Regulatory Affairs at the Irish League of Credit Unions and Mark Johnston, ILCU Volunteer Engagement Manager, chat with Denise Hayward, CEO of Volunteer Now and Nina Arwitz, CEO of Volunteer Ireland about the trends in volunteering and the challenges and opportunities for credit unions.


Growing the Loan Book in Northern Ireland - What's working
David Hewson, ILCU Data Analyst, along with Marianne Cushley, from the ILCU Brand and Member Experience team, are joined by 3 credit union managers in Northern Ireland who have achieved strong lending growth in recent years. The credit union managers are Geraldine Dawson from Newtownhamilton Credit Union, Roisin O'Reilly from Waterside Credit Union Limited and Angela Hegarty from Bannvale Credit Union Limited. In this episode of the podcast we discuss what lending strategies have contributed to their positive loan growth.


The Minimum Competency Code - Recent update and what it means for credit unions in the Republic of Ireland
In this episode, Paul Hamill, Learning Advisor with CU Learning and Development discusses the latest update to MCC regulation with Siobhan McKenna, Senior Compliance Officer at the ILCU Compliance Centre, Vikki Mernagh, Risk and Compliance Officer at Wexford Credit Union, and Bridget Hynes, CEO at Ballyfermot Inchicore Credit Union.