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Eurogroup chief warns countries still exposed to 'future shocks'

Eurozone countries remain vulnerable to another crisis because they don't have the fiscal space to absorb future shocks, the outgoing head of the Eurogroup has warned. Jeroen Dijsselbloe [...]

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Apartments now cost more to build than houses: experts

The cost of building a two-bedroom apartment is way in excess of the selling price, meaning few developments are likely to go ahead unless the Government tackles Vat, levies and other costs, a new rep [...]

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Finance Minister: 'Stamp duty hike in national interest'

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has issued an unapologetic defence of his decision to increase the rate of stamp duty on commercial property transactions from 2pc to 6pc in the Budget. [...]

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What happens if my loan is sold?

If your loan is sold to a vulture fund or another bank all of the original contracts remain the same - though that includes the obligation to make repayments. AIB isn't selling residenti [...]

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What happens if newly-built houses cannot find buyers?

If only there was a simple formula for predicting market crashes, we'd all get rich. (Well, those who knew it would). But there isn't. Except that, just maybe, there might be when it comes to housing. [...]

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Ireland is a high cost location for small firms – SFA

Ireland is a high cost location for small firms, according to Linda Barry, assistant director at the Small Firms Association (SFA). Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, [...]

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Fresh hope for families in tracker loans nightmare

Families have been given fresh hope that their tracker nightmare will end this year, after the Government threatened to hit banks with massive tax bills if they do not rectify the mess. [...]

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EU-US data transfer pact passes first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union yesterday after a first review to ensure the US protects Europeans' data stor [...]

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AIB gears up to launch $2bn Project Redwood loan sale

AIB is preparing to launch the largest non-performing loan sale in its history next month as it embarks on the final phase of its post-crisis balance sheet purge amid a fresh crackdown on the sector f [...]

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'I wanted to retire by 50 so I could enjoy life. My advice? Start saving'

Beryl Dunne, an IT manager who lives in Bray, Co Wicklow, is semi-retired and said she had to ramp up her payments so that she could retire when she wanted. "I wanted to retire by 50 so, [...]

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Explained: Why women are losing out on their pension payments

Changes to the way the State pension payment is calculated were introduced in 2012. The new rules hit women hard. They are typically losing around €35 in payments. And they will not g [...]

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The winners and the losers after Paschal's 'safe and steady' Budget

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has delivered his first Budget and it's safe to say it was a bonanza for nobody, but who has fared the best? WINNERS: Social welfare recipients Social [...]

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Nama: we won't blacklist borrowers for loans

Nama's top bosses have moved to pre-empt criticism of the agency's new role managing the Government's latest housebuilding fund, including telling the Irish Independent they'll work with builders rega [...]

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Only 31 homes added to 2018 house building targets - Sinn Fein

The Government has been accused of only adding 31 homes to house building targets for next year. While Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe admitted some of the numbers in the Budget on soci [...]

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10 things you'll hear an Irish person say on Budget Day

It's the one day when the most popular thing for Irish people to talk about is not the weather. Budget Day gives us an incredible amount of mileage to air our views to anyone who will li [...]

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No fireworks' and no 'big bonanza' in Budget 2018 - Leo Varadkar

Budget 2018 will have " no fireworks" and no "big bonanza", according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. But he said the series of tax and spending measures will ensure the country's books are b [...]

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Telephone Allowance gets priority over Bereavement Grant in Budget 2018

The Telephone Allowance is to be brought back from October 2018, Independent.ie has learned. A decision was taken to prioritise the allowance which was abolished in 2014 over the restora [...]

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Budget 2018: Modest tax cuts, €5 welfare hikes from March on cards as discussions down to wire

Tomorrow’s budget will be the first of a series that will attempt to gradually increase living standards over a number of years, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said. Mr Varadkar is seeking t [...]

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Everything you need to know ahead of Leo's first budget

Budget 2018 will prove an important test for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will be his first chance to show what the government has in store to further his vision for a 'republic of opportunity'.

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