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European Central Bank president Mario Draghi

Last autumn it looked as if interest rates would start to rise this year, for the first time since the economic crisis. September had been pencilled i(...)

Purchasing activity rose at the fastest pace in nine months in December

Construction activity growth reached a four-month high in December with job creation in the sector rising for the 64th month in succession. The lates(...)

Daft recently calculated that the average supply of monthly rental properties is only a third of estimated demand. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

City-centre rents and house prices are increasingly out of reach for those on average wages. As well as causing big problems for those directly affect(...)

The harder the Brexit, the worse it will be for Ireland.

How on earth do consumers, employees and businesses react to the latest Brexit news? Let’s attempt to stand back and look at the key points and what t(...)

Construction cranes in Dublin. Activity in commercial development, house-building and public projects increased again in October

Growth in construction continued in October, but the pace of expansion slowed to its lowest rate in more than three years, the latest figures show. U(...)

Interest rates on the US and UK have started to rise and it is only a matter of time before the ECB follows suit. Image: Irish Times Graphics

A whole generation of mortgage borrowers have no experience of rising interest rates. But 2019 looks set to be the year when interest rates start to c(...)

Construction activity eased in September in the Republic.

Activity in the Republic’s construction sector eased to an 11-month low in September but was still expanding, according to Ulster Bank’s latest constr(...)

Construction cranes in Dublin. August was the second month running in which the civil engineering sector recorded growth.  Photograph:  Getty Images

Growth in construction continued through August despite slowing slightly on the previous month, data published on Monday shows. Ulster Bank’s constru(...)

This was the 59th consecutive monthly rise in construction activity and was a sharper rate of increase than that recorded in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

Construction activity accelerated in July amid reports of strengthening demand, the latest snapshot of the industry from Ulster Bank shows. New order(...)

Warning lights will start to flash red for sterling if a Brexit transition period, due to kick in when the UK leaves in March 2019, is threatened. Photograph: EPA

Watch sterling. The currency wobbled after UK international trade secretary Liam Fox said a “no-deal” Brexit was now the most likely outcome, falling (...)

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