In the Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index for 2018, which ranks 34 countries in terms of the sustainability of their pension systems, Ireland has held on to its ranking of 12th

Pensions review calls for broader private pension coverage and introduction of minimum level of mandatory pension savings

Dublin city. According to Dublin City Council, 33 loans, worth €7 million, or an average loan of €212,840, have been drawn down by the end of September. Photograph: Alan Betson

Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan went live last February with almost 3,000 applicants

The head of financial planning with Merce says it is “probably bad” for people who had wanted to protect, or ring-fence, the funds in AMRFs, as they will now be obliged to access these retirement savings. Photograph: iStock

Tax bills will also rise for some from 2019 as a result of €5 increase in State pension

Ireland's biggest builders and landlords: (top row) Kevin Nowlan, Justin Bickle, Michael Stanley, Thomas Edwards Moss; (bottom row) Alan McIntosh, Margaret Sweeney, John Mulcahy and Charles Gallagher

Incomes buoyant for heads of new breed of institutional landlords and housebuilders

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said the new scheme would be reviewed just eight months on from its introduction. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Figures show rejection rates of as high as 61%

PwC’s research suggests that many asset managers are considering moving a range of functions out of the UK as a result of Brexit.

PwC survey shows both Ireland and Luxembourg stand to win business if UK exits

‘An unexpected or underestimated increase in income in 2017 could mean that those filing a tax return could be hit with a double whammy in terms of the amount they owe.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Good news for self-employed: profits may be up, but preliminary tax may go up too

ACCA wants the Revenue to share the spoils of PAYE modernisation with employers. Photograhp: Nick Bradshaw

Revenue expected to collect €220 extra tax per employer due to greater compliance

Irish families are still not getting enough towards the cost of childcare. Photograph: Frank Perry/AFP/GettyImages

Families earning in excess of €50,000 a year could save about €300 a month on childcare

Greencore chief executive Patrick Coveney. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Convenience food group agrees to sell entire US business to rival Hearthside for €863m

The Dublin office market is one of the few areas that stands to benefit due to Brexit relocation activity from London, according to the Knight Frank report. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Ireland beats out Luxembourg, Paris and Frankfurt, though projects are ‘modest in scale’

This year, for the first time, the Revenue has given a separate breakdown on income derived from residential and that derived from commercial.

Revenue’s figures show landlords claimed tax deductions of 41% on income of €2.6bn that year

How did our Budget 2019 families fare?

Modest gains for low-income workers and €5 for pensioners

The increase amounts to just over 3 per cent, roughly a third of the rate of growth in property prices, according to data published by the Central Statistics Office earlier on Tuesday.

Minister says increase is to address concerns about rising prices of family homes

There was no relief for cash-strapped renters in Tuesday’s budget however, despite the possibility for re-introducing an old tax credit that used to exist.

Landlords will be able to deduct 100% of mortgage interest paid against their tax bill

Middle income earners will save about €250 in tax a year on the back of changes in Tuesday’s budget.

Standard rate band now close to 2008 level; self-employed and families with stay-at-home parent to enjoy greater tax cuts

Got change left over from your latte? Put it into a jar. Photograph: iStock

Sow those little acorns now – you’ll be surprised how quickly they will grow

Ires Reit chief executive Margaret Sweeney. It’s understood  the company’s  change in policy on the rent rises followed her  intervention.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

About 20 tenants of the Maple development in Sandyford were issued with rent increase notices

  Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: he  has already set out the narrow parameters of the budget

Will Donohoe widen tax bands, cut USC and raise pensions?

On the market for €225,000 in Co. Longford, the new owner of this former gate lodge will have to pay €465 in property tax next year

Longford will raise tax 15% for 2019; Fingal residents will still pay higher rate than other Dublin homeowners

Brendan O’Regan, who was catering comptroller at Shannon Airport and a onetime chairman of Bord Fáilte

Brendan O’Regan’s eureka moment came in 1950, but his legacy goes beyond cheap booze

A survey of typical families across the State – compiled by PwC – shows that income after tax remains down across eight cohorts of households.

Pensioners and ‘squeezed middle’ families take lightest hits to income over past decade

Spanish bank says no to Irish mortgage market - for now.

Bankinter ‘for now’ to operate as ‘consumer credit entity’ under Avantcard brand name

Ryanair said it would close its Eindhoven and Bremen bases in the Netherlands and Germany respectively. Photograph: Reuters/ Christian Hartmann

Summer strikes cost airline €120m as it cuts winter services amid concerns for holiday season bookings

Siobhan Talbot has been a member of the Glanbia board since 2009. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Talbot joins Mary Rhinehart as non-executive directors on board of construction giant

Fairfax has exited its investment in Irish insurer FBD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

FBD will pay Fairfax about €86m in ‘great result’ for insurer’s shareholders

The company makes burger buns for McDonald’s in north America and owns the Cuisine de France brand in Ireland.

Company has been shoring up investor confidence due to US interests and acquisitions

Government could target the relief to those paying rents over a certain national average. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Firm says reintroduction of relief could equate to a month’s ‘free’ rent a year

The cost of phasing out the life policy levy over three years would be about €7.5 million in year one, rising to about €22 million in year three.

Life assurance group urges abolition of life policy levy and alignment of exit tax with Dirt

Bankinter is looking to expand its international consumer finance business.

Bankinter is first overseas lender to take stake in Irish retail market since the crash

The land is adjacent to the Maryborough Ridge estate where there are 353 mixed residential units.

Lot of 43 acres includes planning permission for 198 houses and deal includes a licence to develop

Jam is one of the largest distributors of musical instruments in the world.

Audio specialist Jam retains enterprise value of $170m and is second North American deal

The ESRI has doubled its growth forecast for the Irish economy for this year. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Think-tank warns its predictions are based on the assumption a Brexit deal will be struck

The  Central Bank has said vulture funds have arrears of €850 million. However the real figure is likely to be half  that.

Claims data on loans owned by vulture funds significantly overstate actual value of arrears

Royal London, the largest mutual life, pensions and investment company in the UK, with funds under management of £117 billion, has been operating in Ireland for over 180 years.

UK insurer has made ‘significant progress’ on its new subsidiary which should be up and running by Brexit

Next is getting ready for Brexit.

UK retailer moves to mitigate increase in costs for Irish customers post Brexit

Forget about your Apples and your Googles, it’s income taxes that are driving the Irish economy. Photograph: iStock

The top 26% of earners – those on €50,000 or more – will pay 85% of total income taxes

Move means Irish customers will no longer qualify for the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme and their protection “may reduce”

Insurer to remove uncertainty by moving Irish customers over to Irish-based arm

An Post’s   low-cost mortgage service could go live by mid-2019.

Postal services provider links up with Avantcard to offer personal loans

Ires Reit is achieving an average €1,454 a month per unit at Hampton Wood in Finglas, 13 per cent cent above average market rates.

Rent roll to rise by €6m, with scope for Ires Reit to add €17m by building out a further 600 units

Ramki Sundaram, chief executive of Airborne Capital. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

Dublin aviation firm links up with Luxembourg-based treasury specialist AltitudeOne

Inheritance tax: most of us are shockingly ignorant about how Ireland’s regime works. Photograph: María Fernández/Moment/Getty

Writing a large cheque to Revenue while grieving can come as an unwelcome surprise

Hanover Quay, Dublin. Earlier this year Carysfort Capital acquired 120 apartments on Hanover Quay for €101 million. At €841,667 a unit, owners will be looking for rents of at least €2,800 a unit.

Build-to-rent model a very attractive option to investors, Knight Frank report finds

Property 2: Brookwood Crescent, Artane: If the garage here was converted to a one-bed property, the owner could stand to earn up to €1,000 a month tax-free.

By buying a place with rental potential your mortgage could be paid off in no time

At  pre-Budget 2019 report from the Irish Tax Institute were Marie Bradley; Irish Tax Institute president; Olivia Buckley; I communications director and Anne Gunnell,  policy director.

Budget 2019: Person on €18,000 pays effective rate of 3%

First State is the latest in a line of names to announce a move ahead of the UK’s planned departure from the European Union. Photograph: Tom Honan

Move a boon for Dublin as Australian fund manager prepares for Brexit

The Economist says residential property prices in Dublin are overvalued by 25 per cent when compared with incomes.

Rising rents set to push more to buy - even as prices continue to rise

The ESRI found that within couples with children, women fared relatively worse than men, due to changes in child benefit and other welfare payments

It’s not just the pay gap; tax policy is also driving a financial wedge between the sexes

The Government expects to propose restrictions on Airbnb this week. Photograph: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Research undertaken ahead of Government’s plans to impose regulations on short-term lettings market

International investors still see potential in Irish rental market. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

While not the panacea to housing crisis, ‘build to rent’ funded by foreign investors has potential to build scale quickly

Microsoft is creating 200 new jobs across the company’s business units at its new 	campus in Leopardstown, south Dublin, bringing the total numbers employed by Microsoft in Ireland to 2,200.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish operation to play ‘an increasingly important role within the company globally’

Ireland’s national debt is shrinking but don’t splash the cash just yet, we still owe more per head than debt-ridden Greece

This was the 15th consecutive quarter of annual growth. Photograph: iStock

Irish savers continue to favour deposits despite poor returns on offer

The figures on the tax review come in a new document published by the Department of Finance on Tuesday

Economist paid almost €25,000 for corporation tax review

Slowdown in price inflation is arising because “stretched affordability and the Central Bank loan-to-income rules are preventing home buyers from taking on too much leverage”, says economist Conall MacCoille. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

But house prices rocket by more than 20% in Limerick and homes in pricey Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown post the strongest growth rate in (...)

Kevin Cardiff: Department of Finance’s most senior civil servant during the financial crisis. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Cardiff was senior civil servant in Department of Finance during financial crisis

Irish people now have more money on deposit today than they did back in 2009.

Since the crash of 2008 Irish investors have played it safe in deposits but may have lost out on surging stock markets

 Last year about 23,000 people in the Republic earned a total of €115 million from letting all or part of their homes through Airbnb.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Online accommodation platform to share names, earnings and address details for 2017

Berlin has limited the number of days a property can be let out.

Paris wants to ban it altogether, Barcelona is building an enforcement squad, while Toronto’s new rules have been delayed by a yea(...)

Amryt said the US Food and Drug Administration had given it  approval which will enable the opening of US clinical trials on their drug AP101.

Approval for treatment for rare genetic condition paves way for clinical trials in US

Homeowners whose mortgages have been sold onto vulture funds may now be able to buy their way out of the deals.

Quartech launches sell and buy back product targeted at 20,000 distressed borrowers

Referral charges, overdrafts, car loans, unnecessary credit card charges, direct debits to a gambling account; all of these can mitigate your chances of getting either approval, or approval for the amount you desire.

Mortgage approvals may be on the rise but actual draw downs up just 1%

Referral charges, overdrafts, car loans, unnecessary credit card charges, direct debits to a gambling account; all of these can mitigate your chances of getting either approval, or approval for the amount you desire.

Mortgage approvals may be on the rise but actual draw downs up just 1%

It is cheaper to buy than rent this property; but you will need a significant deposit to do so.

But it is getting more difficult to buy as Dublin trader-uppers now need deposit of €125,000

Almost half of the mortgages approved in July were for first-time buyers, at 1,957 or 46.4 per cent, with trader uppers/downers accounting for 1,249 or 29.6 per cent

Some 63 of these mortgages, worth an average €218,702, approved every day in July

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe announcing last year’s budget. For this year’s budget he’s unlikely to  unveil any radical changes.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Here’s what we know so far: Families are likely to benefit to the tune of less than €300 in tax cuts in this October’s budget

House prices are set for a soft landing - again - S&P says.

But ‘strong growth’ is still predicted until supply catches up with demand around 2021 ratings agency says

Earing a return on your savings in Ireland is still very hard.

Irish savers are earning just €4 on deposits of €10,000 compared with €142 in the Netherlands ECB figures show

A  report shows that new order growth in the manufacturing sector quickened to the fastest in the year so far in August.

Sector grows on back of sharp increases in both output and new orders

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe urged to “play it safe” in October’s budget. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Jim Power argues focus should be on improving labour supply and competitiveness

House of Fraser in Dundrum, Dublin, is trading as normal in the interim

Competition authority has begun looking into proposed acquisition by Sport Direct

CityJet CEO Pat Byrne and Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh

CityJet will operate Dublin-London service on behalf of Aer Lingus under wet lease deal

Kingspan said sales rose 15 per cent in the first half to top €2 billion for the first time

Broker upgrades earnings forecast by 2% on back of better-than-expected first-half results

A single person earning €100,000 a year in Ireland pays almost €12,000 more in tax every year than a married person. Photograph: iStock

Unmarried people take a financial hit in areas such as income tax and car insurance

Several credit unions have run into trouble with the management of their prize draws. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

David Stamper of Citybus Employees’ Credit Union is prohibited from working in financial services for ‘indefinite period’

House prices in Dublin have rocketed on the back of a lack of supply

Dublin still more affordable than Vancouver, Paris and London, according to publication

His Holiness Pope John Paul II may have arrived on an Aer Lingus plane, but flying abroad was very expensive for Irish people back in 1979. Photograph: Dermot O’Shea

Houses - and a pint - were cheaper and wages were on the rise; but double digit interest rates and pricey food mitigated the benef(...)

Ryanair has changed its baggage policy - again. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Reuters

Travelling has just got more expensive with passengers limited to one ‘small’ free bag

Taylor Hill in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin where homes are for sale from €265,000.

Council has had 340 applications for scheme and has turned down about a third of these

Cairn is set to report on the first half of its financial year on September 4th. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Housebuilder agrees €350m deal which will cut its costs and lengthen maturity of debt

House of Fraser, Dundrum, Dublin. The UK retail chain  filed for administration on August 10th.

UK retail chain had debts of almost £1bn when it collapsed

Tax-free salaries are a huge draw, and there’s plenty of work from teaching to construction

If you fixed a number of years ago, the savings available with a switch to one of the rates now on offer might be considerable

The answer is yes, but if you are faced with a penalty, the decision on whether or not you switch to a lower cost product will dep(...)

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Revenue has calculated yield of third tax rate on those earning €80,000 and more

Many homeowners who locked into fixed rates some years ago are now paying considerably over the odds. Photograph: iStock

AIB charging customers significantly higher break charge than its subsidiary EBS does

Should Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe look to keep more people out of the 40 per cent tax net he could widen the tax bands, and adjust them for inflation. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Workers set to move on to higher tax bands unless Government makes move in budget

Matthew Onaitis assumed the role of chief financial officer at Mainstay Medical on August 20th.

Matthew Onaitis joins medical device company from Cidara Therapeutics

Incoming Ulster Bank chief executive Jane Howard, who is due to take up  the role next month.

Ms Howard joins Ulster Bank from UK parent RBS and will replace Gerry Mallon

Revenues are up at titanium miner Kenmare Resources.

Titanium miner reports record shipments in ‘excellent’ first half

 Shannon Heritage managing director  Niall O’Callaghan: “We want to apply our expertise outside the midwest region.”  Photograph: Arthur Ellis

Semi-State operator of eight sites including Bunratty Castle plans to manage six more

Typically, mortgage calculators are based on income rather than rental capacity. Photograph: iStock

Potential buyers can work out how much of a mortgage they could afford

An increase in the PRSI rate of 4%  to 4.5%  would see someone earning €50,000 pay an additional €250 in PRSI a year, or someone earning €100,000 an additional €500 a year

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection says rise in PRSI could be used to pay for Ireland’s welfare regime

New CSO figures show Dublin homeowners who bought in the bust will have seen their property almost double in value

Crowds arrive last year for the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

If you’re volunteering at Electric Picnic, MoneyConf and Body & Soul you might wonder would you be better off just paying for your(...)

People should be able to build their own homes cheaper, IPAV says.

IPAV says increase in stamp duty ‘adversely affecting’ affordability of one-off houses

Barclays Bank Ireland recently moved into its new headquarters at One Molesworth Street. Photograph: Bryan Meade

UK bank moving ownership of European branches to Dublin, bringing €250bn in assets

At House of Fraser’s Dundrum outlet signs have been erected saying the retailer will no longer be able to accepting gift cards or vouchers as a form of payment “until further notice”.

Decision follows UK chain entering administration

Aryzta said it would raise the cash by issuing new shares, giving the right to current investors to buy the stock in proportion to their existing holdings

Irish-Swiss baker seeking to reduce €2bn debt as group’s value falls by €420m

Cherub and sphinx statue in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles near Paris.

Many Irish tourist spots charge more than more famous global counterparts

This property in Booterstown is on the market for €1 million - so a million of these would give you €1 trillion.

How much is a $1 trillion? Enough to buy every man, woman and child a house in Ireland

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