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7: 13,500 Bank of Ireland tracker customers braced for massive rate increase

Brokers and borrowers were outraged when Bank of Ireland decided to double the rate of 13,500 of its tracker customers. The lender has since reversed the hike for 1,200 of these borrowers to “treat customers fairly” but the remainder have started legal proceedings against the stricken lender.

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