Conor O Toole

35 results

It is expected that as many as 8,000 families a year might buy homes on the shared-equity scheme in the first two years. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is one of the curious things about life in Ireland that property developers and the construction industry here openly tell us that it’s just not fi(...)

While consumption expenditure fell by 9 per cent in 2020, an inevitable consequence of lockdown, Irish households placed an additional €14.2 billion on deposit. Photograph: iStock

One of the interesting things to note about Ireland’s pandemic experience is that while the “consumption shock” – the collapse in household spending o(...)

Under the Republic’s shared-equity housing scheme, a first-time buyer of a new-build home can ask the State to take up to a 30 per cent stake in the property. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Republic’s shared-equity housing scheme has not even started and already it has rendered the laws of economics too offensive to mention. Under th(...)

A senior member of the ESRI has defended statements on the possible impact of a new housing scheme. File photograph: Getty Images

A senior member of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) defended statements on the possible impact of a new scheme to the Oireachtas hous(...)

A shared equity scheme, which involves the State paying for up to 30% of the cost of new houses in return for a stake, is intended to drive home ownership. Photograph: Getty Images

Shared equity schemes like the Government’s €75 million home-ownership programme risk driving up prices and worsening affordability issues, the ESRI w(...)

Shoppers on Henry Street,Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Shoppers could spend an extra €9 billion next year as they tap into cash hoarded through the Covid-19 crisis, economists predict. The Economic and So(...)

Whether or not you agree that the Government’s response to the pandemic was right, it is now clear  that it will leave thousands of people without a job

Even if you belong to that large group who believe economists’ forecasts should be taken as seriously as imminent predictions of the second coming, a (...)

The Economic and Social Research Institute report predicts that wealth could grow by 4.9 per cent as shoppers spend €9 billion of the cash they have saved during  the pandemic. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

About 240,000 people in the State could remain jobless in 12 months’ time despite a spending boost sparked by Covid-19 vaccinations, experts warn. An(...)

Robust export growth, particularly in computer services and pharmaceuticals, meant economic activity, as measured by gross domestic product (GDP), did not fall by the extent expected. Photograph: Collins Photos

Despite experiencing a strict and prolonged lockdown, the economic damage done by Covid-19 has been “relatively benign”, a study by the Economic and S(...)

The Economic and Social Research Institute  predicts that in the short term, as State pandemic income supports are unwound, demand will decrease in the housing market. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The State should increase its investment in social and affordable housing now to offset a future supply crunch caused by Covid-19, according to the Ec(...)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • Next
  • Last »