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Cabinet approves Bill to introduce pension auto-enrolment

Draft legislation designed to set up the new pension auto-enrolment system has been approved by the Cabinet. If enacted, the Automatic Enrolment Retirement Savings System Bill will result in up to 800,000 private sector workers, who currently do not have a pension, becoming automatically enrolled in one. The aim of the plan is to extend […]

Makhlouf urges Government to stick to its own 5% spending increase rule in Budget 2025

The Governor of the Central Bank has urged the Government to stick to its own rule limiting the overall annual increase in spending to 5% in the upcoming budget. Gabriel Makhlouf also advised the new Minister for Finance, Jack Chambers, that it will be necessary to strike the right balance to avoid the risks of […]

ECB accounts show some worries about stalling disinflation

Some European Central Bank policymakers felt uneasy about recent inflation developments when they cut interest rates last month and feared that any further delay in reaching the target would be costly, the accounts of their June 5-6 meeting showed today. The ECB cut interest rates at that meeting and signalled that more easing is likely […]

Tax take for first half of year up 9%, exchequer figures show

The State took in a total of €44.7 billion in tax in the first six months of the year, up more than 9% on the same period last year, the latest exchequer returns show. The strong performance was driven in particular by corporation tax, income tax and VAT and contributed to an exchequer surplus of […]

Harris meets banks over mortgage interest rates

The Taoiseach has told the banks he wants people to feel the benefits of reduced monthly mortgage repayments as quickly as possible as interest rates begin to fall. Simon Harris has now concluded a series of meetings with banks, credit unions and non-bank lenders. The meetings focused on mortgage interest rates, the housing sector and […]

Budget 2025 to be brought forward to 1 October – Chambers

Budget 2025 is to be brought forward one week to Tuesday 1 October, Minister for Finance Jack Chambers has said. Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Mr Chambers said it was the “natural date” to hold the Budget due to ministerial commitments in Europe the following week. “We’ve to submit our fiscal and budgetary submission to […]

Govt to draft law to dissolve NAMA and wind up IBRC

The Government has given the go-ahead for the drafting of legislation to complete the dissolution of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the winding up of the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC). When enacted, the laws will facilitate the planned ending of the liquidation of IBRC by the end of this year and the […]

Bank of Ireland revises GDP outlook, but expects healthy growth

Bank of Ireland has downgraded its outlook for growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to 1% this year and 3.9% in 2025. The bank had previously guided GDP growth of 1.5% for 2024 and 4% next year. The downwards revision was accounted for mainly by distortions associated with the multinational sector rather than any material […]

Service sector growth moderates, input costs fall sharply

Growth in the country’s service sector moderated slightly in June, bringing jobs growth to a near standstill but a sharp drop in input costs offered welcome relief to firms, a survey showed today. The AIB Global S&P Purchasing Managers’ Index fell to 54.2 from 55 in May, broadly in line with the trend for the […]

Annual inflation slows to three-year low of 1.5% – flash CSO data

The annual rate of inflation rose at the slowest rate in more than three years in June, increasing by 1.5% year-on-year compared to a rate of 2% in May, a flash estimate of the Harmonised Index of Consumer Prices (HICP) from the Central Statistics Office today. Irish HICP had fallen to 1.6% in April from […]

Motor insurance costs rose slightly in first half of 2023

Average motor insurance premiums rose marginally in the first half of last year, compared to the year before, new data from the Central Bank has shown. Premiums increased by 0.5% to €561 during the period after a decreasing trend that had been seen since the second half of 2017. However, the small increase in premiums […]

Up to 53,000 new dwellings needed per year to cater for population growth – ESRI

A new report from the ESRI shows that 35,000 to 53,000 new dwellings will be needed annually based on projected population growth scenarios. The report looks at forecasts for population levels and related housing requirements using census and research data, as well as various forecasts on international migration patterns. The research was funded by the […]

Sharpest fall in manufacturing activity in almost a year

June marked the sharpest decline in activity in the manufacturing sector in eleven months, according to the latest Purchasing Managers’ Index published by AIB. The headline index fell to 47.4 in June from 49.8 May. Any measure below the 50 breakeven point signals contraction in a sector. The downturn was driven by a contraction in […]

67% of people say buying first home more challenging than ever

New research commissioned by life insurance and pensions firm Royal London Ireland has found that 67% of Irish people say that it is more difficult than ever to buy their first home. The research also shows that 27% agree that while it is difficult to get on the property ladder, this has always been the […]

Fall in number of mortgages approved in May

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show there was a fall in the number of mortgages approved by Ireland’s main banks in May compared to the same time last year. That was driven by a more than 10% fall in approvals for first time buyers, although BPFI said that was in part due […]

Strong increase in June sentiment survey suggests Irish consumers sense brighter days ahead

The consumer mood improved this month, according to the latest Credit Union Consumer Sentiment Survey, on the back of lower fuel costs and an ECB rate cut. The latest index shows that after months of weak data, the pick up in June has been big enough to undo half of the declines that had been […]

Fall in number of mortgages approved in May – BPFI

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show there was a fall in the number of mortgages approved by Ireland’s main banks in May compared to the same time last year. That was driven by a more than 10% fall in approvals for first time buyers, although BPFI said that was in part due […]

Irish household deposits rose by €1.1bn in May

Irish household savings rose by €1.1 billion in May when compared to April, according to data published by the European Central Bank. The increase comes on the back of a €140m dip in savings levels in April, and brings total household deposits to €155.6 billion. “The really important piece of context here which makes all […]