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The number of housing schemes completed in the first three months of 2019 grew at the slowest pace in six years.
Families are overpaying for health insurance by up to €1,000 a year with many paying full adult rates for young people.
Staff in public hospitals have been accused of using "strong-arm" tactics to get patients to sign forms that mean there will be a double charge for their treatment.
The Tipperary comedian Paul Marsh has been performing regularly at Irish comedy clubs and festivals for over seven years. He is also a fireman.
Q I am considering buying a new laptop and the one I have my eye on is quite expensive. I have seen it available for a lower price on a UK website but I am worried that if I wait to I buy it, and it is faulty, what rights will I have if Brexit happens? Deirdre, Co Westmeath
On-the-job perks are a boon for many of today's workers. In a bid to attract and hold onto skilled staff, employers are increasingly offering workers a range of perks - such as gym membership, on-site massages, yoga classes, private health insurance and free food. There is a downside however: such perks may trigger a tax bill for workers and in turn, take a big chunk out of their take-home pay.
People planning to buy a home have every right to feel furious about the activities of cuckoo funds snapping new developments en masse.
As the economy continues to improve, one of the drawbacks has been the rise in commuting times mainly in cities.
The Government will consider taxing so-called 'cuckoo funds' if they continue buying up residential property in blocks, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has conceded.
The co-founder and chief executive of Cairn Homes, Michael Stanley, saw his pay increase by €123,000 in 2018.
Laws must be introduced to prevent bankers hiding wrongdoing, the Central Bank has told an Oireachtas committee.
In August 1930, the Irish artist Harry Kernoff sailed to Leningrad on board the Soviet ship Kooperatsiya (Cooperation) as part of a delegation of the Irish Friends of Soviet Russia. It was an interesting group. Kernoff's travelling companions included the political activists Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Charlotte Despard, and Irish Republicans David Fitzgerald and George Gilmore (who travelled under a false name). Their educational tour took them from Leningrad to Moscow, Baku, Tiflis, and Vladikavkaz.
Mortgage borrowers in this country are the best protected in the world and offering them more protections from vulture funds will force banks to leave the market, a consumer champion claimed.
Architects are often scathing about planners, for reasons that may be obvious. Town and county planners tend to be conservative, after all, even where conservation is not necessarily desirable. They like to preserve vernacular architecture exactly as it is, and they take a poor view of ostentatious designs for giant glass-and-steel cubes amid thatched Connemara villages. So they also get in the way of the architects' dreams of fame and fortune.
Once upon a time - though not long ago at all - Irish people vied for bragging rights on who was first to hear the cheery sound of the cuckoo.
Councillors should be given more powers to adjust the property tax in their area despite a Government report recommending otherwise, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The seafront site known as The Bower in Balbriggan was one of the first parts of the town to become residential back in 1844. The three original houses on the land were built to encourage people to use the then spangly new train line that ran from Dublin city out to Drogheda.
Q We are a couple considering returning to Ireland as we had always intended retiring there. Even though we are only in our early 60s, we are completely fed up with Brexit and seriously concerned about staying in the UK much longer.
More than 60 homes have been sold at Meadowbank since the new Swords development launched in early February beside Millers Glen, the scheme that hit the headlines in 2014 for being the first major new scheme in north Dublin in seven years.
One hundred and twenty isn't a very big number, but if you're in your mid-50s, that's how many pay-days you have left. It's said that retirement is the longest holiday of your life and these days, it's getting even longer. Most people can expect to live until nearly 90, meaning many of us will be funding a retired life that's almost as long as our working life.
Claims vulture funds engage better with borrowers in arrears than banks are set to be dismissed as "fairy tales".
The cuckoo is a summer visitor to Ireland. It mainly eats caterpillars and other insects.
Spending by households returned to growth in March, having fallen in February. The Visa Consumer Spending Index, which measures expenditure across cash, cheques and electronic payments, was up 2.7pc.
Fine Gael has been accused of helping so-called “cuckoo funds” to buy up housing developments - making things even harder for families trying to buy their own home.
Insurers should have a super tax imposed on them if they fail to pass on cuts in premiums at a time when they are benefiting from reforms, a leading retailer representative body has said.
IS the new Irish Banking Culture Board destined to fail before it gets going?
Thousands of people with health insurance are in the dark about attempts by State hospitals to charge them on the double for treatment.
A situation that saw prospective buyers sleep in their cars while queuing in an attempt to buy a new home has been branded a "'Hunger Games' for housing".
PEOPLE slept in cars overnight as first-time buyers with young families competed to buy one of 27 properties at the weekend - with all properties selling out within an hour.
Danish firm Liva Healthcare, whose digital platform is being used in the UK by the NHS to help prevent and reverse chronic conditions including diabetes in patients, is about to launch in Ireland.
It could cost tens of thousands of euro for an individual to cut their carbon footprint. However, with higher carbon taxes looking increasingly likely in the future, many Irish people will soon have little choice but to spend money on becoming more environmentally friendly.
Q My wife and I emigrated to Australia four years ago but will be returning to Ireland next month. We had private health insurance with VHI before we left but, as we've been away since 2015, we haven't had private health insurance for about four years now.
John Brennan is co-owner of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare and a well-known face on RTE's TV series At Your Service, which he presents with his brother, Francis.
New research from Switcher.ie has revealed that 65pc of Irish consumers cannot afford essential household bills with their regular income; almost four in 10 (38pc) dip into their savings to cover household running costs.
The good news if you're wondering how you are going to pay for childcare or get on the housing ladder is that things are worse, and in many cases a lot worse, for middle-income earners across the world.
Inflation has hit its highest level in six years.
Irish labour costs have increased four times faster than other prices in the economy and threaten to drive up rents, housing and childcare costs.
The European Central Bank (ECB) said it will keep interest rates at their record low "at least through the end of 2019" at its monthly rate setting announcement yesterday.
The public has had enough. The insurance crisis is closing businesses, causing job losses, stretching household budgets and risking the reputation of this country as a place to do business.
Former High Court president Nicholas Kearns has expressed frustration at the slow pace of insurance reform, saying the country risks reputational damage if the claims culture is not tackled.
PEOPLE who are paying their mortgages are being negatively impacted by those who are not repaying their home-loans, the head of AIB is set to tell politicians.
House, hospital and major construction projects may soar in price as employers plan to factor a 30pc pay rise into tendering costs.
The impact of Brexit on Irish households will be "severe", with families' disposable income set to be hit in all scenarios amid increased prices for consumers.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has defended the increasing numbers of homes being bought by so-called 'cuckoo funds' and institutional investors.
RETAILER Rajan Chandi says that fraudulent claims are the bane of his business.
FAMILY grocery stores are facing job losses and will have to push up prices, with others forced to close because of the squeeze on them from the insurance crisis.
The largest mortgage lender in the State is set to shock the market with cuts to its fixed rates.
Most retired people would consider downsizing - but a garden in their new home is a must-have.
Big corporations spent more than €1.1bn buying a record 2,923 housing units in Ireland last year, blasting through previous records and cementing a radical shift in housing patterns.
Clancy Barracks in Islandbridge was sold back in the noughties to private Irish investors for residential development, ie homes to sell. The construction cost of adaptation and new build wasn't going to be cheap. Loans were undertaken, and then there was that cliff drop in construction we all suffered from in some form.
Coalition partners Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance look set to clash over a demand for pensioners to be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax (LPT).
It seldom happens that a division of a big, noisy conglomerate can find itself and blossom forth like a butterfly, emerging from the chrysalis. Indeed it may be a bit romantic to think that this is what happened to the British soft drinks producer Britvic, but the company is having something of a golden period at the moment.
More people felt confident in their financial readiness for retirement, as gains in the markers in 2019 resonate with investors. The main Irish stock index ended last week at a six-month high, boosted by better sentiment about Brexit.
People in trouble with credit card debt often owe as much as €35,000 on their cards - and have multiple credit cards open at the same time, a debt adviser with Grant Thornton has warned.
Q My daughter has been separated from her partner for 10 years - he left the home they shared and which they had a joint mortgage on. For the last 10 years, my daughter has paid the mortgage with no help from her ex-partner.
The Irish comedian Danny O'Brien is a regular on Irish TV and radio - and he has also featured on the Comedy Channel. This years he was chosen to perform as part of the Best of the Edinburgh Fest show touring Australia. He recently opened for the American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.
It might be an extreme example, but news has emerged of a case where a Limerick couple had almost €3m of debt written off for just a €2,000 payment in a personal insolvency arrangement (PIA).
Few would argue with the benefits to society of providing affordable places to live. It doesn't matter whether you are an owner or renting, affordable housing is good for society, for families and for the economy.
The judiciary has been accused of being too soft on people making false and exaggerated injuries claims in courts.
Homeowners in rural Ireland will feel the brunt of property tax hikes under the system of reform favoured by the Government.
Households who bought the most affordable homes will suffer the largest increase in property tax under the system of reform favoured by the Government.
People living in Dublin enjoy the greatest level of disposable income with an average of €24,431 - which is 18.4pc higher than the average State figure of €20,638.
FINANCE minister Paschal Donohoe defended the decision to delay Local Property Tax (LPT) changes for a year amid claims it’s 'kicking the can down the road' and being done for electoral reasons.
President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi said a proposed law to control the operation of vulture funds could undermine financial stability.
Working parents in Ireland are shelling out a fifth of their monthly net salary on childcare - four times the proportion paid by families in Sweden.
Local Property Tax (LPT) rates for householders are to be frozen for another year the Government decided late last night.
A bill tabled to cap the level of insurance payouts for personal injury claims has passed second stage in the Seanad.
Households caught in the rent trap are spending as much as half their income on accommodation.
PRESIDENT of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi said a proposed law to control the operation of vulture funds could undermine financial stability.
First-time buyers will be deprived of the chance to buy almost 300 apartments at one of the country’s biggest new developments.
The State's own insurance arm has failed in an attempt to have a legal case heard in secret about information it holds on almost 30,000 claims.
AIB has confirmed a controversial €1bn sale of bad loans, including mortgages, to US fund Cerberus.
One in three Irish people are very worried about their money, and one in four would not last a month without having to borrow money if they lost their main source of income. These are the findings of research published by Bank of Ireland earlier this month.
Q I want to book a family holiday and when I compare the price of package holidays, they are more expensive than if I was to book the flights and accommodation separately myself.
A major apartment complex has been purchased by Cork City Council and a housing association to tackle the city's spiralling social housing crisis.
More than one million households are set to feel the pinch from Monday when two energy providers push up their prices.
Finding extra space for a growing family can be challenging and expensive. As tiny toddlers turn into teens and everyone wants to escape into their own space, or someone decides to work from home, moving house may not be an option.
Q: My son is taking a month off work to travel throughout Europe over the summer. Does he need extra travel cover or is his health insurance and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) sufficient?
PROPERTY prices in the capital were flat over the last year, according to a leading estate agency.
Thousands of Ulster Bank mortgage customers have been overcharged by the lender and are now due refunds.
Insurance companies have been criticised by the Financial Services Ombudsman for cancelling policies and then refusing pay outs.
Can't afford a Paul Henry? You wouldn't be the only one. His paintings frequently fetch six figure sums. Most famously, The Potato Diggers (1910-11) sold for €400,000 at Adam's in 2013. Henry's reputation is stellar. The artist biography section of Whyte's describes him as: "Arguably the most influential Irish landscape artist of the 20th century."
None of the loans in a portfolio of Bank of Ireland mortgages classified as non-performing by regulators is more than two months in arrears, and the average loan-to value ratio is over 80pc, the Irish Independent has learned.
JUSTICE Minister Charlie Flanagan has described the insurance industry as highly profitable and said there was scope to cut premiums.
Mortgage approvals jumped by over 10pc in February after a weak January, reflecting stronger activity in the first-time buyer (FTB) and mover space.
A body that represents pension trustees has been granted leave to apply for a judicial review of moves by the Social Protection minister to impose new EU regulations on one-member pension schemes.
Few industries have ever been transformed so quickly as the Irish property sector. A decade ago Irish property was on its knees. We had a cohort of indigenous developers who were basically broke. House prices were tanking. Rents were tanking. Ireland Inc was in deep trouble and was still two years away from the beginning of an IMF bailout.
The majority of prospective home buyers see prices rising for the type of home they want, a survey has found.