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Mortgage arrears continue to edge lower – Central Bank

New figures from the Central Bank show that the number of homeowners in mortgage arrears for more than 90 days fell to 5.2% at the end of March, from 5.3% three months earlier. The number of home mortgage accounts in arrears fell by 2,838 in the first three months of the year, mainly as a …

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Sinn Féin seeks to amend plans for moneylender rate cap

Sinn Féin is seeking to amend a new piece of legislation it has proposed that aims to cap the interest rate charged by moneylenders. Currently, moneylenders can charge interest of up to 187% or 288% when collection charges are taken account of. The Consumer Credit Bill, proposed by Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty, had …

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Ireland to receive biggest share of EU Brexit fund

Ireland is set to receive the biggest share of the €5 billion EU Brexit fund, after a provisional agreement was reached today. Ireland will get over €1 billion of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR), which is aimed at countries and sectors worst hit by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The Netherlands, France, Germany and …

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Home prices see annual increase of 4.5% in April – CSO

The price of residential property increased by 4.5% in April, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. This compares to an increase of 3.5% in March and an increase of 0.7% in the 12 months to April last year. Prices were slower to rise in Dublin, with an increase of 3.5%, while …

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Food service market recovery slower than forecast

The food service market here will not return to the levels it was at prior to the Covid-19 pandemic until the end of next year, according to Bord Bia. The Irish food promotion board says that the prolonged lockdown in the first half of this year and gradual reopening has meant the recovery has been …

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ISME: PUP acting as a ‘brake’ on getting workers back

Small and medium Irish employers are warning that the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) is acting as “a significant brake” on returning workers in certain sectors of the economy and should be “tapered” faster than currently planned. Neil McDonnell, the CEO of Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (ISME), told an Oireachtas Committee that this is affecting …

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Should you buy or rent? 5 key questions to ask

A dilemma is a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives. It is precisely what is facing a vast cohort of tenants and would be home-owners here all over Ireland. House prices and rents have both already started to rise and as the nation recovers from lockdown …

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EU excludes major banks from bond sales

The European Union has excluded some of the biggest investment banks with past involvement in breaches of antitrust rules from syndicated debt sales backing its up to €800 billion Covid-19 recovery fund, the EU executive said. “The Commission will be undertaking a careful assessment of whether the primary dealers found guilty of breaching anti-trust rules …

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Numbers claiming PUP down almost 18,000 on last week

The number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen to just over 267,000 – a decrease of almost 18,000 over the last seven days. The drop in claims reflects the continued reopening of the economy, with 24,000 people closing their PUP accounts last week to return to work. Including this week’s payments of …

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Employees want flexibility in where and when they work, survey finds

Over half of employees would consider leaving their job post pandemic if they are not given some form of flexibility in where and when they work, according to a survey carried out by EY. The ‘2021 Work Reimagined Employee Survey’ is an international study conducted among more than 16,000 employees across 16 countries and multiple …

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EU’s commitment to Good Friday Agreement ‘unwavering’, says Gentiloni

Paolo Gentiloni, EU Commissioner for Economy, has said the EU’s commitment to the Good Friday Agreement is “unwavering”. Commissioner Gentiloni made his remarks in an online address to the Institute of International and European Affairs this afternoon. He said this was why the Northern Ireland Protocol was agreed “by both sides…both with their eyes wide …

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Traffic volumes rise in May as Covid travel curbs ease

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the volume of cars on Irish roads has been rising slowly since the start of the year after the move to Level 5 restrictions in December. Volumes have been rising more rapidly since travel restrictions lifted in May, the CSO said. The easing of travel restrictions …

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Lack of online services saw 1 in 3 closing credit union accounts – survey

Around a third of people surveyed by a company that provides technical expertise to the credit unions sector said they had closed their credit union accounts because of a lack of online services. The research was carried out on behalf Wellington IT – described as the tech partner for the credit union sector. It found …

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Is now a good time to lock into a 20-year mortgage?

Appearing before an Oireachtas Committee at the end of 2016, the then chief executive of Bank of Ireland more or less admitted that the bank was deliberately keeping its variable mortgage interest rate elevated. Richie Boucher was making a big push at the time to get people to opt for one of the bank’s fixed …

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Construction activity bounces back, but costs soar

Activity in the construction sector expanded for the first time this year in May, according to Ulster Bank’s latest Purchasing Managers’ Index. The index, which is designed to track changes in overall construction activity on a scale of 1 to 100, passed the 50 no-change mark for the first time since the imposition of restrictions …

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ECB lifts euro zone growth and inflation projections

The European Central Bank has raised its growth and inflation projections for this year and next as the euro zone economy started to roar back to life after over a year of restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic. ECB President Christine Lagarde also said the ECB saw risks to growth as “broadly balanced”, a shift …

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NAMA increases projected lifetime surplus to €4.25 billion from €4 billion

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) now expects to provide an overall surplus to the Exchequer over its lifetime of €4.25 billion, up from the previous estimate of €4 billion. The body will provide a further payment to the exchequer of €300m this month and it hopes to make an additional contribution of €500m during …

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Ireland to make strong case for tax competition, says Donohoe

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said that Ireland will be vigourously making the case for tax competition and for maintaining a corporate tax rate of 12.5%. In negotiations on the issue, Minister Donohoe said he is confident that Ireland will continue to be a really attractive place to do business. Yesterday, Mr Donohoe said that …

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