Michael Noonan said the new tax credit is a central plank of the Government’s strategy for addressing criticism that risk-takers are being disadvantaged by the tax system

The Government achieved a rare feat by uniting many of the groups that vocally represent small businesses and entrepreneurs in praise of the budget. F(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says many measures could be introduced to prevent a future property bubble “without dumping on first-time buyers”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

New mortgage rules demanding an increased deposit from buyers are a blunt instrument and discriminatory as well, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has said. (...)

PIBA director Rachel Doyle said todaythat if introduced, the Central Bank’s proposals would impact young people’s ability to make any other contribution towards their financial future, including prudent pension planning, quite apart from using up, at a very early stage, tax free family inheritances.

The consequences of the Central Bank’s proposals to restrict mortgage lending will be “far more far reaching than many realise”, PIBA, the Professiona(...)

Riverside apartments: Insurers have been badly burned by flood claims in recent years  and  are adopting a hardline attitude to flooding risk

I have just bought my first home but I cannot seem to get insurance on it. I don’t understand the problem? It is an apartment in a building that is cl(...)

Malta: Setanta, a low-cost insurer, was registered here but traded only in Ireland. Photograph: Getty

The collapse of Setanta Insurance may leave outstanding claims but these are unlikely to trigger another insurance levy, like the one that aros(...)

Despite the resurgence in the property market, mortgage approvals fell last month, according to data from the Irish Banking Federation (IBF). (...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi at the Spring Meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington last month. The Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association has called on the Government to take the “strongest action possible” to force banks to pass yesterday’s ECB interest rate  reduction.    Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

About 400,000 homeowners on tracker mortgages will benefit from the 0.25 per cent interest rate cut announced by the European Central Bank yest(...)