Simon Barry

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The ECB looks set to signal in the months ahead that the period of extraordinary stimulus will slowly draw to an end.

The European interest rate cycle is turning. The days of super-low interest rates are not quite over yet, but borrowing costs look set to start rising(...)

The rate of job creation also quickened in November, with construction employment increasing sharply during the month

Construction activity increased sharply during November with the rate of growth accelerating, according to the latest purchasing managers’ index from (...)

Ulster Bank headquarters in Dublin: the bank’s PMI has now expanded for 50 successive months. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The latest monthly Ulster Bank purchasing managers index (PMI), which measures activity in the construction sector, showed a “solid increase” in activ(...)

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous months. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish construction activity accelerated in September, though the rate of job creation across the industry pulled back from elevated levels in previous(...)

Houses under construction in Trim, Co Meath. The rate of growth in construction activity slowed in August. Photograph: Frank Millar

The rate of growth in construction activity in the Republic slowed in August to its slowest rate in almost 2½ years, according to the latest purchasin(...)

The Irish construction industry returned to growth in late 2013  and has remained in expansionary mode ever since. Photograph: Alan Betson

The rate of expansion in construction activity in the Republic slowed in June, with the civil engineering segment of the market contracting slightly e(...)

Construction activity has now risen in each of the past 45 months, as market conditions have steadily improved

Construction activity accelerated in May, with firms reporting sharp increases in new business and further job creation during the month, according to(...)

Irish construction sector growth accelerated for the third consecutive month in April, posting a reading of 61.3, up from 60.8 in March, to reach a six-month high. Photograph: Frank Miller

Momentum picked up in the Irish construction sector in April with output, new orders and employment all expanding at sharper rates compared to March, (...)

New orders drove the sharpest increase in building for five months in March, the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index shows. Photograph: Alan Betson

Jobs and activity in construction are expanding at their fastest pace for several months, data published on Monday shows. Employment in building is u(...)

Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen: Reaction to  a 0.25 point interest rate  increase in the US  shows how a few sets of positive economic figures and some nudging from those in charge can change expectations – dramatically – in a matter of weeks. Photograph:  Yuri Gripas/Reuters

There is one lesson for Irish borrowers – and savers – from this week’s increase in US interest rates. It is how quickly expectations in the market ca(...)

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