Davy said it expected Irish property prices to grow 7%  in 2017, 6%  in 2018 and 5% thereafter

Pressure from ‘help-to-buy’ likely to see house prices grow 7% rather than 5%

The question persists, however, as to whether more people should be brought into the income taxation system. Photograph: Getty Images

No budget largesse for many self-employed, such as an increase in earned income credit

 This year the Local Property Tax “chargeable” date is November 1st, which means that if you own a property in Ireland as of next Tuesday, you will be liable to pay property tax for the following year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Limerick, Galway and Wexford to pay more in 2017 but there is a decrease in Dublin

ECB president Mario Draghi at a news conference to announce the bank’s interest rate decision at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Mario Draghi speaks in wake of decision to keep main lending rate unchanged

Incoming Icon chief executive Dr Steve Cutler was appointed to the company’s board in November 2015.

Chief operating officer Steve Cutler to assume top job as Ciaran Murray moves on to role of chairman

Philip Konopik, country manager of Visa Ireland,  at a briefing on the company’s  annual results in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘No doubt’ Apple Pay and Samsung Pay will come to Ireland, says Visa chief Philip Konopik

Microfinance Ireland was set up four years ago as a government funded not-for-profit lender to help get more people starting or running small businesses and to create and sustain jobs in Ireland.

New short-term loan of between € 2,000 and € 5,000 to help companies experiencing short-term cash flow issues

BHSL’s newly appointed chairman, former Kerry Group chief executive Denis Brosnan(left) at the company’s facility in Kantoher, Co Limerick.

Agribusiness group strengthens board ahead of plan to ‘transform’ global poultry industry

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said the airline’s revised guidance remained “heavily dependent” upon no further weakness in second-half fares. Photograph: Alan Betson

Shares rise as O’Leary promises to add capacity and hold low fares

Sherry FitzGerald, for example, says it charges a rate of between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent, but precisely how much depends on a variety of factors.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Estate agent fees are rarely transparent and can fluctuate around the country

Incentivising purchasers of new homes has long been a tool used by government to try and boost supply. But as the Government of 2002 conceded when it abolished a former incarnation of the first-time buyer grant, it also boosts house prices.

State incentives have long favoured buyers of ‘new’ homes, to incentivise new construction

Lorcan O’Connor, director of the Insolvency Service of Ireland, expects further growth in insolvency services over the coming months on the back of the Government’s Abhaile initiative. Photograph: Eric Luke

Almost 900 applications made to Insolvency Service of Ireland in third quarter of this year

When can I have one? The help-to-buy rebate scheme applies to homes bought since July 19th, 2016, but Revenue will not start processing applications until January 1st, 2017. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mortgage relief of up to €20,000 will be available to owner occupiers in new builds

Those in “group B”, ie siblings, uncles or aunts, or grandparents will now be able to inherit up to €32,500 tax free, up from €30,150 previously, while those in “group C”, who are not related, will now have a threshold of €16,250, up from €15,075

Threshold for gifts from other relations and non-relatives to rise by 8% with more to come

Fianna Fáil’s party housing spokesman Barry Cowen said an impact assessment of the scheme must be carried out in full before the party can offer its support. File photograph: Aidan Crawley

Party says budget proposal to help first-time-buyers will ‘undoubtedly put prices up’

Some readers are pleased that the Government has decided to upscale dental benefits by re-introducing an annual free scale and polish. Dental benefits will also be extended to the self-employed from March 2017. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Help-to-Buy scheme announcement in budget leaves many questions unanswered

Rebate clawback rule: According to the Revenue, the property must be occupied by the first-time buyer for a period of five years from the date the property is habitable. Photograph: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

Help-to-buy scheme requires purchasers to be fully tax compliant to qualify

‘Full interest deductibility’ on mortgages is on the way by 2021 but it is 80% for now

The imposition of property tax, which is still not allowed as an expense to offset tax liabilities, is another cost for landlords. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Many argue that high taxes are driving landlords from market

Oasis is selling its “button coat” for £100 in the UK, or €128 in Ireland – a differential of 15.4 per cent.

We should be benefiting from the exchange rate, but the mark-up on goods is still hefty

The regulator found that KBC Bank breached the Code of Practice on Lending  to Related Parties on 18 occasions between September 2012 and February 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Central Bank says bank’s failure to adhere to policies and processes was ‘unacceptable’

Depressed prices: a sizeable number of properties selling for less than €100,000 are selling for not “full market value”.

What are the factors keeping property prices down in certain parts of the country?

Over 12 months the best rate on the Irish market is KBC Bank’s 1.15% but this is restricted to the bank’s current account customers

Figures show Irish savers are earning just 0.14% on fixed rate deposits compared with 1.8% in the Netherlands

The Central Bank study shows those looking to buy in south Co Dublin face the steepest challenge in raising house deposits.

Buyers in south Dublin need to save €40,000 more under new lending rules, study shows

The Central Bank “will want to be satisfied that the mind and will of the entity are located here,” said director of policy and risk Gerry Cross. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Regulator warns ‘passporting’ companies must have ‘substantive presence’ in State

With €300m provisioned for tax cuts in Budget 2017, don’t expect much change

Airbnb staff helping  hosts after a   meeting held in their offices in Ringsend, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

As the self-assessed tax returns deadline looms, hosts need to work out their tax liabilities

Figures show too many buyers are chasing too few properties, sending prices up. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Daft.ie and myhome.ie reports find house prices continue to rise amid supply shortage

Limerick jobs: Casa Systems is a provider of fixed, mobile and wifi network solutions for ultrabroadband services

Technology solutions provider establishes international operations centre in the city

The deal is Nama’s third redemption of senior debt so far this year, bringing the total redeemed in 2016 alone to €4.5 billion. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Deal reduces agency’s senior debt to €3.6 billion from original €30.2 billion

Property tax is not allowed as a tax-deductible expense for landlords. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Cap on tax-deductible mortgage interest expected to be abolished over five years

GAN signed four  further Simulated Gaming clients in the US in the period with in excess of three million US active player days of both real money Regulated Gaming and Simulated Gaming.

Performance at online gaming company is ‘in line with management expectations’

An Airbnb report suggested the company’s typical host in Ireland earned €2,600 a year renting out space in their home for about 40 nights. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Listings on Irish site soar two-thirds in year despite warnings on tax from Minister

The “emigrants’ tax” would be aimed at those earning in excess of €75,000 in specialist jobs in areas such as finance, IT, medicine and science. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tax break for emigrants proposed to encourage skilled graduates to move back

On a year-on-date basis, approvals of €4.4 billion are now 17 per cent ahead of 2015, following a slow start to 2016.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Mortgage approvals up by 26% in year to August ahead of Central Bank’s lending rules review

Irish pension funds are slowing the pace at which they build up allocations to low yielding euro zone government bonds.

A ‘surprising, sudden, intense, and large’ drop in bond prices could pose a serious threat to Irish investors and savers alike

The Global Financial Centres Index recognised Dublin as a “global leader” for its “broad and deep” financial services sector. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

London holds on to top spot in global survey but may be hit by post-Brexit sentiment

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “There’s a lot of concern in the city of London, and there is a great interest in Ireland as a location for the financial services industry.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pascal Saint-Amans says the variation in national rates was no longer questioned

A well-thought-out plan with realistic expectations is critical, say experts

In 2015, Ryanair earned €1.5 billion in ancillary revenue. Photograph: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Airline is sixth biggest earner among 67 global airlines from ‘a la carte’ revenue

PayPal’s new head of global operations, EMEA, Maeve Dorman, and Louise Phelan, who has been appointed vice-president of western, central and eastern Europe, Ireland, Middle East and Africa.

Louise Phelan takes on vice-president role as Maeve Dorman becomes PayPal Ireland chief

Department of Education figures show a growing number of Irish parents are once again turning to the private option to school their children. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Enrolling a child can cost you bones of another mortgage with fees now surpassing €7,000 a year

The Daft.ie survey shows that “good” secondary schools – ie those who send on a higher proportion of students to third level – attract a higher premium on house prices. FIle photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Average premium of 2.6% placed on houses within 100m of secondary schools, survey finds

The new CSO property price index will include regional indices, giving a breakdown of price and transactions trends in specific areas. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

New property price index from CSO likely to have significant revisions, says analyst

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission chairwoman Isolde Goggin said statements signalling motor insurance price rises could result in “a degree of unspoken co-ordination” between rival insurers. File photograph: Getty Images

Commission checking if insurers have signalled premiums rises to each other

The soaring cost of car insurance continues to be an issue for industry and consumers alike. Motor car insurance costs were up 28.2 per cent in the year to August, figures from the Central Statistics Office show, with insurers blaming higher, and more frequent, claims awards.

Move comes as hauliers seek access to single market to avoid insurance hikes

The new Ikea store order and collection point  at the Park in Carrickmines. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Swedish furniture giant opens new order and collection point in south Dublin today

Paul McNamara  joined the Dublin and London-listed financial services group IFG  from Barclays in July 2014. (Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times)

Chief financial officer John Cotter will assume the role at financial services group

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said: “We want everyone on an income to gain from this [USC reduction]. But we want the gains to be proportionate.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Government has committed about €600m to spending hikes, with €300m for tax savings

Pensions expert Nick Sherry explains the MySuper state scheme Down Under

Ireland is not the only country facing a pensions funding crisis. Germany’s Bundesbank said this week that raising the legal retirement age to 69 by 2060 could ease some of the pressure on the country’s state pension system. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Employers should have to contribute up to 5 per cent of salary, says Insurance Ireland

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “We want the gains to be proportionate.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Budget cuts to USC would be ‘profoundly unfair’ on lower-income workers, says study

Now valued at €1.24 billion, Green Reit’s portfolio largely consists of 20 high-grade Dublin offices, with a total floor area of 226,000sq m. Photograph: Alan Betson

Property investment company reports 137 per cent increase in rental profit

Switching activity fell during July, with the number of renegotiated home loans falling to €410 million.

Variable rates nearly 1.3 per cent dearer than across EU, Central Bank figures show

Applegreen opened two new service area sites and added three filling stations in the Republic in the first six months of the year.

Petrol forecourt group has ‘particularly strong’ Irish growth and post-Brexit UK rise

With interest rates so low and rents so high, buying seems best. But is it in the long run?

The new index is expected to be published by the end of September. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Move comes after criticism that its mortgage data-based index only covers 50% of market

Dublin’s IFSC. Investec said the expansion in the financial services sector was “substantial” and the fastest since December 2014

New business continues to moderate with exporters reporting lower new orders from UK

The National Treasury Management Agency  will return to the bond markets this week.  Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

National Treasury Management Agency to return to market this week at record low yields

The new credit union will have assets totalling more than €70 million, and will have €1 million available to lend each month. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Merger comes as ReBo restructuring deadline approaches

Eir chief executive Richard Moat: “The transformation of our organisation in the past 12 months is clearly evident.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Revenue up 4 per cent to €1.3 billion at telecoms group as it ‘accelerates’ 4G roll-out

In 2007, €121 billion of private placement bonds by  Irish and IFSC banks were outstanding and were an important source of wholesale funding. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Issuance of bond type vehicle peaked at €121bn in 2007 but fell to €29bn by 2014

Se2  has an existing full-time team of 70 in Waterford, and hopes to fill out its 135-seat office   over the coming years

CEO says new office an ‘important milestone’ for the life and pensions administrator

 Carl McCann:  said Total Produce  delivered “a very strong performance” in the first six months of the year

Acquisitions and expansion in north America boosts fresh food group

The figures point to an uptick in mortgage activity since May 2016, after a slow start. Year-to-date (January to July), based on the three-month moving average, show that activity has changed little since 2015, with volumes down 2.6 per cent year-on-year and values up 1.2 per cent, reflecting the increase in the average FTB mortgage approval value

Home buyers prepare for autumn selling season by getting pre-approved in summer

Tollbooths on the M7: there are four providers of tag accounts in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Regular users of toll roads should consider their tag options

Central Bank: its  study showed that while many people were grateful simply to get a job during a recession, it was a bad time to get hired as employers tend to lower what they offer new hires

Central Bank study finds employers cut earnings for new workers as unemployment rose

The offer is available to current account customers who draw down a new first-time buyer, mover or switcher mortgage before March 31st next. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Bank of Ireland will give 3% cashback as mortgage competition heats up

Previous efforts to incentivise first-time buyers  have failed, so is the Government heading the right direction this time? Photograph: Getty Images

‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme will likely exclude returning emigrants who bought property abroad

The Central Bank’s consultation on mortgage lending  is set to run until August 31st. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Regulator receives just 16 submissions as part of its review of rules

A combination of soaring rents, restrictive mortgage lending and a preponderance of contract work, as opposed to permanent, full-time work, means getting a first step on the property ladder has become increasingly difficult for millennials.

Tighter mortgage rules and lack of supply splitting market into ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

Dalata said the deal to operate the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin 4 was subject to further due diligence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hotel group says it has entered into exclusive discussions on Dublin 4 hotel leasehold

Hostelworld’s losses for the six months to June 30th narrowed to €5.5 million from €14.6 million in the same period in 2015.

Irish travel website on track to meet full-year expectations in challenging market

At €230 a week, the pay for fathers is the same rate of pay for statutory maternity leave. Photograph: iStock

From September 1st dads can take two weeks off but they need to do the paperwork

The Commission for Aviation Regulation said on Monday that it has received 3,040 claims for refund from passengers on foot of bookings with Lowcostholidays.

Affected customers have until September 19th to lodge their claim with commission

Graduates of TCD who opt for courses like business, economic and social studies (510 points) or mathematics (565) and end up working in financial services are some of the best paid graduates in the country, figures from Emolument show. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Salaries for construction careers yet to rebound despite jump in demand for courses

Wireless Group owns seven stations in Ireland, six of them in the Republic, including  FM104  in Dublin

Impact of Brexit on advertising revenues still unclear Belfast-based media group says

The numbers relying on the State pension jumped from 26 per cent in 2009 to 36 per cent in 2015, according to the CSO

Pensions Authority reforms aim to make private schemes simpler and increase uptake

While the number of Irish parents staying at home has shrunk significantly over the past few  decades, the proportion of fathers opting to do so has risen substantially.

Survey finds Irish underestimate cost of stay-at-home parenting

Prudential reported a forecast-beating six per cent rise in first-half operating profit to £2.06 billion (€2.4 billion), led by growth in Asia. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Insurer’s M&G arm considers increasing Dublin-domiciled funds following Brexit vote

Irish 10-year yields have plunged from 0.825 per cent at the start of July as markets reacted to the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Yield on 10-year bonds sinks to 0.363 per cent as borrowing costs fall across EU periphery

A three-bed semi detached can be yours for €95,000 at Esker Glenn, Drumlish, Co. Longford. (Photograph: myhome.ie)

Survey points to ‘three-tier’ property market with rural counties Leitrim and Longford left behind by house price recovery

The Banking & Payments Federation Ireland  figures show that 6,803 mortgages, to a value of €1.29 billion, were drawn down in the second quarter of 2016

This was the highest second quarter drawdown since 2010, with 6,803 home loans

Central Bank found that on regular payment pensions the commission rate can be as high as 15-50 per cent of the first year’s annual premium. Photograph: Thierry Roge/Reuters

Central Bank to review the risks to consumers of commission payments to financial advisers

Ires Reit owns and lets 102 apartments at The Marker in Dublin’s docklands.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Despite restrictions Ires Reit increased rents by up to 12% in its Dublin properties this year

Beacon South Quarter in Sandyford, Dublin, where Ires Reit is building 68 apartments at a cost of about €22.7 million. They are expected to generate a gross yield of 8.5 per cent to 9 per cent. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Ireland’s biggest private landlord says rents rose €35 a month to €1,399 in first half

Frank Murphy: ‘The biggest challenge was people saying why didn’t someone think of this before? Where’s the catch?’

Frank Murphy’s idea was brilliantly simple: enable people to pay in their own currency

RSA saw  premiums for its Irish business rise 11 per cent in the first half of the year on the back of hefty rate increases. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Losses shrink to £1m at Irish arm of British insurer as it returns to operating profit

British bookmaker Ladbrokes reported a 7.5 per cent drop in betting in its Irish business in the first half of the year, reflecting a smaller Irish presence since its restructing in 2015. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Decline in Irish business reflects British bookmaker’s smaller footprint

UDG said it had not yet seen any material impact of the UK Brexit vote on underlying trading performance. Photograph: David Sleator

Healthcare services provider eyes potential acquisitions

Group says Brexit has weakened consumer confidence but long-term effect unknown

The value of Aviva Ireland new business in life and pensions soared by 58 per cent to €14.6 million in the first half of the year. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Strong growth in new life and pensions business helps drive profitability

One entrepreneurial Dublin host is offering an airbed - which will be placed in the living room of a city-centre apartment - for €38 a night.

Dublin rates on Airbnb now surpass Paris for a room on the house-sharing site

Irish consumer sentiment declined in July in the wake of the UK’s decision to exit the European Union, but the scale of the drop was relatively modest.

Scale of decline in consumer sentiment is modest relative to March or May results

Redbrook prepares a large variety of ambient ready-to-use water or oil-based marinades for its food partners. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Food ingredients group employs 39 people in Mulhuddart

Ryanair  became the first airline in the world to carry more than 11 million international passengers in one month. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Airline transported more than 11m passengers in July despite Brexit and French strikes

Dublin may be primed to secure additional business once the UK exits the EU, according to PwC. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish capital is primed to benefit from post-Brexit opportunities, according to PwC

Michael Carvill, managing director Kenmare Resources. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Mining group implements price increases in suphate ilmenite market

Decline in new orders from Irish manufacturers noted for first time  in three years. Photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s vote to leave EU is starting to hurt Irish manufacturing exports

A number of home insurance providers, including Zurich, are currently offering multi-year insurance policies with cover available for up to three years. Photograph: iStockphoto

Locking into two- or three-year deals with insurers has its advantages – and its downsides

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