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Extra capital needs behind high mortgage rates here

Mortgage holders here pay more for their loans than other borrowers around Europe, partly because of the high level of loss-making trackers still in the banking system. That’s according to a report from the Department of Finance, which looked at the reasons for the disparity between mortgage rates here and elsewhere. “Trackers, which are still […]

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Grocery prices rise with further increases likely

Grocery prices rose 1.5pc in the 12 weeks to February 24, and further increases are likely on foot of Brexit, according to market researchers Kantar Worldpanel. Extra customs paperwork plus any tariffs that emerge will make British goods more expensive for Irish importers, Kantar’s consumer insight director Douglas Faughnan said. It was the fourth period […]

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‘Memo to Safety Commissioner’

What kind of Online Safety Commissioner will the Government actually appoint? A powerful watchdog? A lame duck? Something in between? Communications Minister Richard Bruton talks about an office with the power to fine Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, or even spark a criminal prosecution. But to be effective a new commissioner has to do a few […]

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BOI prepares sale of up to €800m in bad loans

Bank of Ireland is planning to sell up to €800m worth of non-performing loans this year as it moves to bring its balance sheet in line with European norms. The bank had consistently ruled out any loan book sales – until CEO Francesca McDonagh switched her stance last July. At the time she said that […]

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Govt publishes strategy for future needs of business

The Government is publishing details of a new approach to the future needs of businesses and workers. Called Future Jobs Ireland, the aim is to prepare people and companies for coming technological changes and the move to a low-carbon economy. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation says the policy is needed to ensure there […]

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Workers priced out of housing market by cash-rich investors

First-time buyers are facing stiff competition from housing associations, investment firms and State bodies when trying to buy homes, a new report says. Known as non-household buyers, they now make up 22pc of purchases for newly built homes, up from 7pc in 2010. The latest housing monitor from the Irish Banking and Payments Federation says […]

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Bolder than expected: ECB pushes out rate hike and showers banks with yet more cash

The European Central Bank pushed out the timing of its first post-crisis rate hike until 2020 at the earliest and offered banks new rounds of multi-year loans in a bid to revive the currency bloc’s slowing economy, it said on Thursday. The bolder-than-expected move showed ECB was having to revisit plans to dial back its […]

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More women holding top roles in Ireland – but gender balance action ‘must not be rushed’

More women are holding senior management roles in Ireland but, while gender balance at the top level is still a way off, the strategy to address the issue must not be rushed according to the head of Grant Thornton in Ireland. Grant Thornton International’s latest Women in Business report ranks Ireland eighth out of 35 […]

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Modest pick up in mortgage approvals in January

The number of mortgages approved by banks here fell by 3.4% in the year to the end of January, new figures show. The drop came despite a modest monthly increase in the volume of home loans given the green light during the first month of the year. In total, the Banking and Payment Federation Ireland […]

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Group warns of impact of Brexit legislation on duty free sales

An organisation representing those involved in sales of duty free here has warned Government changes to draft laws designed to prepare the country for a no-deal Brexit will prevent the sale of such products at Irish airports. Expressing its concern about the amendments to the bill, the Irish Duty Free Alliance (IDFA) said the changes […]

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