Conor O Toole

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House prices in Dublin are now more than nine times the average salary, a level not seen since the height of the boom. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Irish houses are not overvalued despite prices rising by 85 per cent since 2013, a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has con(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he says  the “affordability gap” for housing will not be  bridged by the levelling off of prices  alone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Institutional landlords have brought new housing supply on stream that otherwise would not have existed, according to a panel at the National Economic(...)

The Border town of Muff, Co Donegal. Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI said the “worst possible outcome” on Brexit would be to have a contractionary budget under a scenario of a hard Brexit. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Brexit is already having a direct impact on the Republic’s economy as consumers are more cautious about spending than would normally be expected again(...)

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin: he hosted the seminar on affordable housing

Renting will become impossibly expensive for tens of thousands of people unable to get a mortgage or social housing unless the State delivers affordab(...)

The joint piece of research found that were ECB interest rates to rise by 0.25%  than around 800 homeowners, or 0.1% of the total mortgage market, would struggle to meet their repayments. Photograph: Getty Images

The Irish mortgage market appears better placed to withstand a rise in European Central Bank (ECB) interest rates than it was at the height of the boo(...)

Chief executive of the Housing Agency John O’Connor told the committee the regulations ‘to give full effect to the legislation will be produced in the next number of weeks’. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An affordable purchase scheme, to provide homes for low- and middle-income buyers, is expected to be in place within weeks, an Oireachtas housing comm(...)

Prof Kieran McQuinn and Dr Conor O’Toole of the ESRI speaking at an event last year. On Tuesday, they addressed the Oireachtas housing committee.

The Republic will face “significant challenges” in the building of houses in the event of a hard Brexit due to its heavy reliance on the United Kingdo(...)

“Nagging questions about the relevance of our growth metrics and in particular the contribution of multinationals remain while, on the horizon, Brexit and changes to the global tax environment loom large.”

A slew of data about the Irish economy published in the past two weeks all points to a remarkable turnaround in the State’s economic fortunes. Headl(...)

Every Little Thing: Rapture Chasers explore the gorgeous and strange world of eclipse chasers. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Every Little Thing: Rapture Chasers A production of Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman, this episode opens curiously on a set of phonecalls be(...)

KBC Bank Ireland chief economist Austin Hughes: said the latest figures for consumer sentiment continued the pattern of “one and a half steps forward, one step back”.

In the absence of a “giveaway” budget, Irish consumer sentiment weakened slightly in October, as expectations for economic growth continue to lag US a(...)

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