[IE] First Active - Ulster Bank - Residential, Commercial


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Parent Ulster Bank announced it would close First Active plc, its specialized mortgage and investment arm, resulting in 750 job cuts in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. BBC reports the operation will be merged into the main Ulster Bank, part of Royal Bank of Scotland. From an article in TimesOnline:

"The job losses will be sought through voluntary redundancy and will be completed by the end of the year."

First Active also operated in the U.K. with a location in Birmingham and separate web site. provides this historical brief:

"The bank has some 60 branches in Ireland and the UK. Founded as Workingman's Benefit Building Society in 1861 in Dublin, the company went public in 1998 as First Active. Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland, acquired First Active in early 2004."

Reuters noted First Active was "the first lender in Ireland to offer 100 percent mortgages." Feel free to contact us with additional info on this listing.

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