A report by a Government-appointed expert group into ending direct provision and changes to the international protection process has made a series of recommendations to improve the system for asylum seekers. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Independent monitoring of centres, a reduction in the time an asylum seeker must wait before entering the labour force and vulnerability assessments, (...)

Bank of Ireland and AIB see GDP originally projected to grow almost 4 per cent this year, contracting 7.5-8 per cent, and unemployment averaging 13.5 per cent. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg

The State’s banks are beginning to write to borrowers who have availed of payment breaks during the Covid-19 crisis, urging those who feel they will n(...)

Corporate Business, Indian, Office - Group of Customer Service Executives Attending Calls at a Busy Call Centre

Some 40 per cent of staff in Irish bank call centres and departments have said that hot-desking continues to be practised by their employers, even as (...)

For major renovation work and extensions you will need formal estimates from your architect.

If getting work done is on your new year’s resolution list, it’s time to figure out how to finance it. The best way, and the cheapest, to pay for any(...)

The IBPF says  to look at the number of re-mortgages as a percentage of all mortgages drawn to establish figures

The percentage of mortgage holders prepared to switch providers in search of better value has doubled in the last three years, and is significantly hi(...)

In its report, the OECD  raised the prospect of “another property bubble” if the current rate of annual house-price growth continued

Signs of overheating have begun to emerge in the Irish economy, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has warned. In its l(...)

A couple looking at houses for sale in a estate agent’s window. Net mortgage lending in the Irish economy has increased for the first time in seven years, reflecting the current pick-up in activity in the housing market. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Net mortgage lending in the Irish economy has increased for the first time in seven years, reflecting the current pick-up in activity in the housing m(...)

Overall, there were 11.6 per cent fewer mortgages approved in April 2017 compared to the previous month. Photograph: iStockphoto

First-time buyer mortgage approval volumes increased by 19 per cent in April 2017 compared to the same month last year. According to figures release(...)

A total of 2,683 mortgages were approved per month, on average, in the three months ending September 30th

The volume of new mortgage lending is falling year on year, according to the latest figures from the Banking and Payments Federation. However, the dat(...)

The latest figures for house prices and mortgage approvals all point towards a market growing at something close to a sustainable rate. Photograph:  Frank Miller

There can be little doubt that the controls on mortgage lending introduced at the start of the year are working. The latest figures for house prices a(...)