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Brexit will impact consumer rights, warns watchdog

Irish consumers are planning on buying Irish after Brexit and many have already switched from UK websites due to concerns around consumer rights.  The Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) said there has been an 18% increase in the number of people planning on buying more from Irish-based businesses. But more than half of consumers here still […]

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Dublin sixth most active real estate market in Europe, according to report

Dublin is the sixth most active real estate market in Europe for capital invested, according to a report by PwC and Urban Land Institute. In its 18th year, the report ranks 31 European cities for investment and development potential as well as ranking sector prospects. It is based on the opinions of 995 real estate professionals across […]

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Lockdown drives early Christmas shopping – PayPal

One third of Irish consumers, or 1.2 million people are Christmas shopping earlier this year due to lockdown, according to new research from PayPal. The study, conducted by Censuswide and involving more than 1,000 consumers in Ireland, found that the top reasons for starting shopping earlier are concerns over the availability of items and worries about […]

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Surge in mortgage approvals in October driven by first-time buyers

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland show that October was the busiest month for mortgage approvals since BPFI began compiling the numbers in 2011. A total of 5,207 mortgages were approved in October. First-time buyers (FTBs) were approved for 3,041 mortgages, or 58.4% of the total volume, while mover purchasers accounted for 1,267 […]

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What was the cost of Level 5 on our economy and health?

As the country moves out of Level 5 restrictions today, Health Correspondent Fergal Bowers looks at the impact on health services, while Economics Correspondent Robert Shortt examines the financial fallout. The big question about Level 5 restrictions, which are being eased from today is, was it worth it? From a health perspective, the figures show […]

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Irish Fiscal Advisory Council critical of Government non-Covid expenditure commitments

The budgetary watchdog, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC), has said the Government’s commitment in the Budget to support incomes and the economy is “appropriate”. However, it was critical of billions in non-Covid expenditure commitments for which it said there were no long term funding plans in place. The Government is expected to borrow over €20bn […]

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80% of law firms see deteriorating outlook for sector – survey

A new report shows that nearly two in three Irish law firms recorded a decline in revenue over the last year. Six out of ten firms cited maintaining profitability as a key challenge facing the sector over the next two to three years. The report from accountancy and professional services firm Smith & Williamson – its […]

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€6.85m paid out in Enterprise Support Grants since August

A total of 7,412 people have availed of the Department of Social Protection’s Enterprise Support Grant since applications were opened in August.  The once-off payment is worth up to €1,000 per person and €6.85m has been paid out in Enterprise Support Grants since August. It is aimed at sole traders such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters […]

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Brexit talks resume in London for what could be final week

Crunch talks aimed at securing a post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and UK will resume today in what could be the final week of discussions. The EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and his counterpart David Frost will meet again in London as they seek to hammer out an agreement. With just a month to […]

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Enterprise Ireland survey reveals lack of readiness for Brexit

With just 35 days to Brexit, a new survey from Enterprise Ireland reveals a worrying lack of customs preparedness by Irish companies. A survey by IHS Markit of 600 companies in Ireland, along with analysis of companies which have completed Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit Readiness Checker, shows that 52% of companies view customs and logistics as […]

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