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Surge in mortgage approvals in October driven by first-time buyers

1st December 2020

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show that October was the busiest month for mortgage approvals since BPFI began compiling the numbers in 2011. A total of 5,207 mortgages were approved in October. First-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 3,041 mortgages, or 58.4% of the total volume, while mover purchasers accounted for 1,267 […]

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Surge in mortgage approvals in October driven by first-time buyers

1st December 2020

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show that October was the busiest month for mortgage approvals since BPFI began compiling the numbers in 2011. A total of 5,207 mortgages were approved in October. First-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 3,041 mortgages, or 58.4% of the total volume, while mover purchasers accounted for 1,267 […]

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What was the cost of Level 5 on our economy and health?

1st December 2020

As the country moves out of Level 5 restrictions today, Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers looks at the impact on health services, while Economics Correspondent Robert Shortt examines the financial fallout. The big question about Level 5 restrictions, which are being eased from today is, was it worth it? From a health perspective, the figures show […]

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What was the cost of Level 5 on our economy and health?

1st December 2020

As the country moves out of Level 5 restrictions today, Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers looks at the impact on health services, while Economics Correspondent Robert Shortt examines the financial fallout. The big question about Level 5 restrictions, which are being eased from today is, was it worth it? From a health perspective, the figures show […]

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Irish Fiscal Advisory Council critical of Government non-Covid expenditure commitments

1st December 2020

The budgetary watchdog, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC), has said the Government’s commitment in the Budget to support incomes and the economy is “appropriate”. However, it was critical of billions in non-Covid expenditure commitments for which it said there were no long term funding plans in place. The Government is expected to borrow over €20bn […]

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Irish Fiscal Advisory Council critical of Government non-Covid expenditure commitments

1st December 2020

The budgetary watchdog, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC), has said the Government’s commitment in the Budget to support incomes and the economy is “appropriate”. However, it was critical of billions in non-Covid expenditure commitments for which it said there were no long term funding plans in place. The Government is expected to borrow over €20bn […]

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80% of law firms see deteriorating outlook for sector – survey

30th November 2020

A new report shows that nearly two in three Irish law firms recorded a decline in revenue over the last year. Six out of ten firms cited maintaining profitability as a key challenge facing the sector over the next two to three years. The report from accountancy and professional services firm Smith & Williamson – its […]

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80% of law firms see deteriorating outlook for sector – survey

30th November 2020

A new report shows that nearly two in three Irish law firms recorded a decline in revenue over the last year. Six out of ten firms cited maintaining profitability as a key challenge facing the sector over the next two to three years. The report from accountancy and professional services firm Smith & Williamson – its […]

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80% of law firms see deteriorating outlook for sector – survey

30th November 2020

A new report shows that nearly two in three Irish law firms recorded a decline in revenue over the last year. Six out of ten firms cited maintaining profitability as a key challenge facing the sector over the next two to three years. The report from accountancy and professional services firm Smith & Williamson – its […]

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€6.85m paid out in Enterprise Support Grants since August

30th November 2020

A total of 7,412 people have availed of the Department of Social Protection’s Enterprise Support Grant since applications were opened in August.  The once-off payment is worth up to €1,000 per person and €6.85m has been paid out in Enterprise Support Grants since August. It is aimed at sole traders such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters […]

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