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Sales are growing in nearly all price categories, but the pick-up is  most pronounced at the top end of the market with sales of properties worth €800,000 or more up almost 30 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller

The State needs to build more than half a million homes over the next 15 years to resolve the housing crisis, the country’s leading estate agent has s(...)

Pierre Cardin stands with models wearing his creations at his villa in Theoule sur Mer, southern France, in 2008. Photograph: Lionel Cironneau/AP

French couturier Pierre Cardin, who made his name by selling designer clothes to the masses, and his fortune by being the first to exploit that name a(...)

Daniel Holder of civil liberties group Committee on the Administration of Justice: asylum seekers and welfare recipients have a ‘right to a private life’

A covert policing commissioner for Northern Ireland should be appointed to deal with complaints from people such as welfare recipients and asylum seek(...)

A cash inheritance  of €150,000 is below the €320,000 tax exempt threshold applying for a child inheriting from a parent, and therefore incurs no tax bill.

If both parents die and leave the family home to their son who has always lived in the house (which is worth €320,000) as his principal private reside(...)

Capital gains is a self-assessed tax – the Revenue relies on you being honest in submitting your claims and liabilities.

I bought a property as a first-time buyer for my private principal residence about 10 years ago. The purchase price was €260,000 and its value is now (...)

Under Revenue rules, you can only have one principal private residence. It is a property acquired by and occupied by you as your main home.

My wife and I recently purchased her family home from her mother at below market value (but within the thresholds) in the hope that she would use the(...)

An individual’s Principal Private Residence (PPR) and land of up to one acre may be exempt from Capital Gains Tax if the individual has used the house as their PPR throughout the period of ownership. Photograph; Istock

Note: Recently we answered a query about the options open to a reader whose house was located on a site of one acre and which had planning permission(...)

The outside of Danielle’s home in the Protestant area of the Ligoniel Road in north Belfast. Photograph: Amanda Ferguson

Nearly 3,000 people have been left homeless in Northern Ireland over the past decade because of intimidation by paramilitary groups, new Housing Execu(...)

The 3D printed clitoris will be used in sex education lessons from primary level in France onwards from September. Photograph: Marie Docher/company handout

Paul Verlaine celebrated it in his 1889 poem Printemps as a “shining pink button”, but thanks to the sociomedical researcher Odile Fillod, French scho(...)

Damp stains: The first action is to ensure that the leak is repaired. This can be determined by asking a professional to take a number of moisture readings in the stain-affected area. Photograph: Thinkstock

I have a problem with damp stains reappearing on my bathroom wall and ceiling. Some time ago I had water damage to my bathroom due to an issue with m(...)

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