Growth will be driven by recovery in both residential (up 14 per cent to 2017) and nonresidential (up 12 per cent) construction, albeit from an exceptionally low base. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Irish construction market is expected to record the strongest rate of growth across 19 European countries up to 2017, according to a new foreca(...)

The EBS DKM Affordability Index suggests that the proportion of disposable income required to fund a mortgage for the average first-time buyer working couple dropped to 19.5 per cent in April 2015, down from 20.6 per cent in October 2014. Photograph:  Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Mortgage affordability has improved slightly over the last six months, according to lender EBS, which cites a decrease in house prices in the opening (...)

Bank lending is up to SMEs but many companies operating in the sector continue to struggle to find equity.

The recovery in the SME sector is gaining momentum a review of 15 indicators impacting on the sector shows, but there is little improvement yet in ear(...)

A study from the PRTB says rent controls would not address the underlying problems in the sector

The introduction of rent controls would make the problems in the private-rented sector worse, a major study on the issue published this morning conclu(...)

There is a “real opportunity” for construction SMEs, which  account for 95 per cent of total construction employment, to help drive the economic recovery. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises association has called on the government to put the focus on competitiveness in this year’s budget.In a pre-bud(...)

Outside of the capital, affordability levels have remained relatively stable at 16.7 per cent.

The annual cost of a mortgage for first time buyers has risen again in Dublin but remains stable outside of the capital, according to the latest EBS/D(...)

Councillor Ruth Coppinger speaking at a press conference in Dublin in April. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A group opposing water charges and other austerity measures will contest 40 seats in the local elections on May 23rd and said it planned to “obstruct”(...)

House affordability in Dublin  has weakened and the first year of mortgage cost is 22.4 per cent of net income, expected to rise to 23.7 per cent by year end.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The annual cost of a mortgage for first time buyers has increased sharply in Dublin but remains stable outside the capital, according to the latest EB(...)

New lending approvals and draw downs by small and medium-sized businesses are likely to be marginally up in 2013 as compared with the previous year, a(...)

Greystones, Co. Wicklow has the lowest commercial property vacancy rate of 79 towns across Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The national commercial vacancy rate continues to rise across Ireland, standing at 12.3 per cent in the third quarter of 2013, up from 11.9 per cent i(...)