Dear Eoghan Murphy, Suddenly all hell has broken loose around you, hasn't it.

Catherine O'Mahony: 'Dear minister, here's why most people think your remarks about co-living were a big load of Bull...'

May 24, 2019 2:30

Dear Eoghan Murphy, Suddenly all hell has broken loose around you, hasn't it.

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Thousands of mortgage-holders are missing out on huge savings by failing to move to lower-priced home loans within their own banks.

Banks admit 130,000 are missing out on cheaper mortgages

May 23, 2019 2:30

Thousands of mortgage-holders are missing out on huge savings by failing to move to lower-priced home loans within their own banks.

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THE UK'S biggest retailer Tesco will stop mortgage lending at its banking business due to tough market conditions, it said yesterday, as rival lender Nationwide Building Society reported a drop in profit margins.

Tesco to sell £3.7bn mortgage book as competition bites

May 22, 2019 2:30

THE UK'S biggest retailer Tesco will stop mortgage lending at its banking business due to tough market conditions, it said yesterday, as rival lender Nationwide Building Society reported a drop in profit margins.

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KBC Bank has apologised for tracker-loss cases and committed to learning the lessons from the scandal.

KBC has 'learned lessons' from tracker scandal - CEO

May 22, 2019 2:30

KBC Bank has apologised for tracker-loss cases and committed to learning the lessons from the scandal.

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Property taxes should be hiked and valuations need to happen regularly to keep up with the reality of rising house prices, the Government has been warned.

OECD calls for property tax hike as Murphy comes under fire over 'co-living' gaffe

May 22, 2019 2:30

Property taxes should be hiked and valuations need to happen regularly to keep up with the reality of rising house prices, the Government has been warned.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said people should be "excited" about co-living and having "less space for less rent".

'Younger workers should be excited about paying less rent for less space' - Eoghan Murphy on co-living

May 21, 2019 2:30

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has said people should be "excited" about co-living and having "less space for less rent".

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Bank of Ireland has approved more than €750m in development finance to fund the construction of thousands of new homes and student beds.

BoI approves €750m funding to build thousands of new homes

May 19, 2019 18:00

Bank of Ireland has approved more than €750m in development finance to fund the construction of thousands of new homes and student beds.

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Your Questions: Will we get a mortgage after spending €6,000 on our wedding day?

May 18, 2019 2:30

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Bunk beds, intense competition and special conditions set out by landlords are just some of the obstacles facing would-be tenants in Dublin.

Mission impossible - the quest to find a home in Dublin's crowded market

May 18, 2019 2:30

Bunk beds, intense competition and special conditions set out by landlords are just some of the obstacles facing would-be tenants in Dublin.

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A new scheme of low-cost loans for retrofitting is set to feature in the Government's Climate Action Plan, the Irish Independent understands.

Plan for low-cost loans to help climate-proof your home

May 18, 2019 2:30

A new scheme of low-cost loans for retrofitting is set to feature in the Government's Climate Action Plan, the Irish Independent understands.

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New laws to prevent landlords from evicting long-term tenants without a clear reason will be drawn up by the end of the year.

'It is an emergency' - Eviction to be banned for long-term renters

May 18, 2019 2:30

New laws to prevent landlords from evicting long-term tenants without a clear reason will be drawn up by the end of the year.

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If the new owners of 8A Station Road in Sutton, Dublin 13, plan on lounging around much in the back garden, they might want to give careful thought to what they're wearing.

Dressed to the nines in Sutton for neighbours who are on course

May 17, 2019 2:30

If the new owners of 8A Station Road in Sutton, Dublin 13, plan on lounging around much in the back garden, they might want to give careful thought to what they're wearing.

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A choice of four impressive properties currently on the market in centrally located Co Westmeath.

Four on the market: in Co Westmeath

May 17, 2019 2:30

A choice of four impressive properties currently on the market in centrally located Co Westmeath.

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The last time No35 Hollywood Drive in Goatstown, Dublin 14, changed hands was three years ago - it sold in March 2016 for €560,000, according to the Property Price Register.

Blockbuster renovation steals the show at Hollywood Drive

May 17, 2019 2:30

The last time No35 Hollywood Drive in Goatstown, Dublin 14, changed hands was three years ago - it sold in March 2016 for €560,000, according to the Property Price Register.

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These four properties offer much sought-after locations in Dublin 14.

Four on the market: in Dublin 14

May 17, 2019 2:30

These four properties offer much sought-after locations in Dublin 14.

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The most famous landmark of Alanya in Turkey is the castle that gave the Mediterranean resort city its name. Alanya Castle is a 13th-century fortress surrounded by six kms of walls, and it is on a list for inclusion among Unesco World Heritage sites.

King of the castles in Wexford comes with palatial floor plan

May 17, 2019 2:30

The most famous landmark of Alanya in Turkey is the castle that gave the Mediterranean resort city its name. Alanya Castle is a 13th-century fortress surrounded by six kms of walls, and it is on a list for inclusion among Unesco World Heritage sites.

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A choice of four properties currently available to buy in ever-popular Ranelagh.

Four on the market: Ranelagh, Dublin 6

May 17, 2019 2:30

A choice of four properties currently available to buy in ever-popular Ranelagh.

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THERE has been a rise in the number of new homes completed in the first three months of the year, but economists said completions are still not keeping pace with demand.

Revealed: How many new homes were completed in the first three months of 2019

May 16, 2019 12:35

THERE has been a rise in the number of new homes completed in the first three months of the year, but economists said completions are still not keeping pace with demand.

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Property prices rose in the year to March, but at the slowest pace in six years.

Rate of property-price rises slows - but mid-west bucks trend

May 16, 2019 2:30

Property prices rose in the year to March, but at the slowest pace in six years.

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PROPERTY prices rose in the year to March, but the rate of rise is well down on last year.

Latest property price index shows cooling of the market continues - but prices are still rising

May 15, 2019 11:25

PROPERTY prices rose in the year to March, but the rate of rise is well down on last year.

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State policies are feathering the nests of cuckoo funds, meaning developers are set to favour build-to-rent projects for years to come.

How State policy is feathering the cuckoo funds' nests

May 14, 2019 2:30

State policies are feathering the nests of cuckoo funds, meaning developers are set to favour build-to-rent projects for years to come.

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Gordon Hickey and his husband Joel Vivas got married two years ago and are finally in a position to get a mortgage - but the couple are frustrated they're still priced out of the market.

Locked out: 'It's sad that I grew up in this city but now I can't afford to buy a home'

May 14, 2019 2:30

Gordon Hickey and his husband Joel Vivas got married two years ago and are finally in a position to get a mortgage - but the couple are frustrated they're still priced out of the market.

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With the average rent in Dublin now soaring over €2,000 and a record low number of properties available, landlords are charging increasingly extortionate rates for log cabins, bunk beds and even bed shares.

Log cabins, chalets and four people to a room: what's left in squeezed market

May 14, 2019 2:30

With the average rent in Dublin now soaring over €2,000 and a record low number of properties available, landlords are charging increasingly extortionate rates for log cabins, bunk beds and even bed shares.

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Would-be renters were asked to consider living in an office block building with a shared kitchen for €550 a month.

Renters asked to pay €550 a month for 'flat' in office block with shared kitchen

May 14, 2019 2:30

Would-be renters were asked to consider living in an office block building with a shared kitchen for €550 a month.

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Fianna Fáil wants councillors to retain the ability to amend local property taxes up or down and introduce new waivers for elderly people.

Martin pledges new waivers in property tax for the elderly

May 14, 2019 2:30

Fianna Fáil wants councillors to retain the ability to amend local property taxes up or down and introduce new waivers for elderly people.

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It is now cheaper to pay a mortgage than pay rent in all areas for starter and family homes, new research has found.

Rent more expensive than paying a mortgage

May 13, 2019 2:30

It is now cheaper to pay a mortgage than pay rent in all areas for starter and family homes, new research has found.

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Plans have been lodged for more than 6,000 residential properties in the space of five days - many of which will never go on sale to families.

Rush for build-to-rent as plans for more than 6,000 properties are tabled in just five days

May 11, 2019 2:30

Plans have been lodged for more than 6,000 residential properties in the space of five days - many of which will never go on sale to families.

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State-backed Permanent TSB had 960 properties in possession, with 200 for sale, at the end of March.

PTSB has over 900 homes in possession

May 10, 2019 2:30

State-backed Permanent TSB had 960 properties in possession, with 200 for sale, at the end of March.

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Q I moved out of my home in Dublin in 2006 to let it out and built a new house down the country when building costs were at their highest. I would like to sell the house in Dublin in one-two years' time as I am retiring. Will Revenue accept the valuation of the property at the time of letting i.e., can that valuation be deducted from the selling price in order to calculate any capital gains tax liability?

Home economics: Our property finance expert answers your questions

May 10, 2019 2:30

Q I moved out of my home in Dublin in 2006 to let it out and built a new house down the country when building costs were at their highest. I would like to sell the house in Dublin in one-two years' time as I am retiring. Will Revenue accept the valuation of the property at the time of letting i.e., can that valuation be deducted from the selling price in order to calculate any capital gains tax liability?

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Didier De Witte, a Belgian millionaire who was this year sentenced to prison for a €1m-plus tax dodge, is behind plans for a 319-bed student accommodation scheme in Dublin.

Belgian tax evader eyes Dublin student flats plan

May 9, 2019 2:30

Didier De Witte, a Belgian millionaire who was this year sentenced to prison for a €1m-plus tax dodge, is behind plans for a 319-bed student accommodation scheme in Dublin.

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How do you solve a problem like Ireland's housing crisis? The topic understandably sets the political agenda. Media coverage of the issue is replete with evocative imagery of vultures, cuckoos and, most recently, hanging gardens, with a proposed development in Dublin 1 supposedly mirroring ancient Babylonian shrubbery.

Philip O'Sullivan: 'Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet for housing supply'

May 9, 2019 2:30

How do you solve a problem like Ireland's housing crisis? The topic understandably sets the political agenda. Media coverage of the issue is replete with evocative imagery of vultures, cuckoos and, most recently, hanging gardens, with a proposed development in Dublin 1 supposedly mirroring ancient Babylonian shrubbery.

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THE dream of owning a home is fast moving out of the reach of people.

Buying a home 'harder than ever', majority of people believe

May 8, 2019 10:40

THE dream of owning a home is fast moving out of the reach of people.

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A cuckoo fund can make more money renting a property in Dublin than it can in Los Angeles.

'A rental philosophy': US property giants make more in Dublin than Los Angeles

May 7, 2019 2:30

A cuckoo fund can make more money renting a property in Dublin than it can in Los Angeles.

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The State bought 2,100 - or more than 15pc - of the 11,373 scheme houses and apartments built in 2018.

Lorcan Sirr: 'Watch out for the magpie as it swoops on new estates to lock out our first-time buyers'

May 6, 2019 2:30

The State bought 2,100 - or more than 15pc - of the 11,373 scheme houses and apartments built in 2018.

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Property developers will be forced to devote a significant section of all new developments to homes for sale under laws aimed at clamping down on cuckoo fund investors.

FF pledges clampdown on cuckoo funds by ring-fencing properties for families

May 6, 2019 2:30

Property developers will be forced to devote a significant section of all new developments to homes for sale under laws aimed at clamping down on cuckoo fund investors.

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The Government is banking on house price rises having peaked by the time of the next election.

Ministers bank on cooling market to avoid housing backlash at election time

May 6, 2019 2:30

The Government is banking on house price rises having peaked by the time of the next election.

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The State is squeezing out first-time home buyers by snapping up new homes rather than building their own.

Revealed: One in five new-build homes is now being snapped up by State

May 6, 2019 2:30

The State is squeezing out first-time home buyers by snapping up new homes rather than building their own.

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Construction workers are expected to receive a pay rise of more than 9pc that could push up the price of housing and hamper the Government's huge infrastructure plan.

Construction sector fears new 9pc wage increase for workers

May 5, 2019 18:00

Construction workers are expected to receive a pay rise of more than 9pc that could push up the price of housing and hamper the Government's huge infrastructure plan.

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Building control regulations do not apply to "self builders" of one-off houses, the director of the country's main construction lobby group has warned. Construction Industry Federation (CIF) director Hubert Fitzpatrick said stricter building regulations had been implemented to protect against the types of serious fire safety and structural defects that arose previously but that self builders could opt out.

Building group calls for register

May 5, 2019 18:00

Building control regulations do not apply to "self builders" of one-off houses, the director of the country's main construction lobby group has warned. Construction Industry Federation (CIF) director Hubert Fitzpatrick said stricter building regulations had been implemented to protect against the types of serious fire safety and structural defects that arose previously but that self builders could opt out.

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Whether you prefer to call it downsizing or the more fashionable term 'right-sizing', the idea of moving from a large home to a smaller home as you approach your senior years seems like a simple one, but it can be a tricky move to make and it is not without its financial risks.

Don't downsize your finances just to move to a smaller home

May 5, 2019 18:00

Whether you prefer to call it downsizing or the more fashionable term 'right-sizing', the idea of moving from a large home to a smaller home as you approach your senior years seems like a simple one, but it can be a tricky move to make and it is not without its financial risks.

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The stampede by developers to build apartments in Dublin and other large urban areas continues with applications for more than 1,200 apartments put before An Bord Pleanála over four days.

Stampede by developers to build apartments as they plot bonanza across the capital

May 3, 2019 2:30

The stampede by developers to build apartments in Dublin and other large urban areas continues with applications for more than 1,200 apartments put before An Bord Pleanála over four days.

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There were three beautiful developments near to where we wanted to buy when we first started looking for a home.

Claire Murphy: 'Bulk sales and build-to-rent crucifying potential buyers'

Apr 29, 2019 2:30

There were three beautiful developments near to where we wanted to buy when we first started looking for a home.

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Developers are planning to build at least 2,800 build-to-rent apartments in Dublin city alone, according to an analysis of applications lodged since the beginning of the year.

Buyers locked out as 'cuckoo funds' snap up 2,800 apartments in capital

Apr 29, 2019 2:30

Developers are planning to build at least 2,800 build-to-rent apartments in Dublin city alone, according to an analysis of applications lodged since the beginning of the year.

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Being close to a Luas stop, rather than a Dart station, leads to greater house price increases in the capital, according to a new analysis of the property market.

Revealed: People paying a staggering €129k more to live near Dart and Luas stops in Dublin

Apr 28, 2019 2:30

Being close to a Luas stop, rather than a Dart station, leads to greater house price increases in the capital, according to a new analysis of the property market.

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (Isif) has committed €140m to fund new homes for people in the private rental market through the Irish Residential Property Fund, managed by Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM).

Isif puts €140m into Irish Life rental property fund

Apr 28, 2019 18:00

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (Isif) has committed €140m to fund new homes for people in the private rental market through the Irish Residential Property Fund, managed by Irish Life Investment Managers (ILIM).

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A young couple with a toddler and a baby on the way are given notice to quit - as the landlord hikes the rent by €500 to nearly €2,000 per month.

The big read: The faces of Ireland's rental crisis

Apr 27, 2019 2:30

A young couple with a toddler and a baby on the way are given notice to quit - as the landlord hikes the rent by €500 to nearly €2,000 per month.

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NEW figures show the scale of pent-up demand among would-be home buyers with approvals running well ahead of mortgage drawdowns.

Mortgage approvals soar but would-be buyers wait on supply

Apr 26, 2019 2:30

NEW figures show the scale of pent-up demand among would-be home buyers with approvals running well ahead of mortgage drawdowns.

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Food innovation dominates an online list of '10 Irish Inventions that Changed the World'. This includes the flavoured potato crisp, the cream cracker and the mighty rasher. Ballybrada House in Ballybrado near Cahir in Co Tipperary, which was considered to be one of Ireland's finest residences when completed in 1879, is the Irish mansion built on rashers.

'A mansion built on rashers' - Former home of Denny rasher family on the market for €2.2m

Apr 26, 2019 2:30

Food innovation dominates an online list of '10 Irish Inventions that Changed the World'. This includes the flavoured potato crisp, the cream cracker and the mighty rasher. Ballybrada House in Ballybrado near Cahir in Co Tipperary, which was considered to be one of Ireland's finest residences when completed in 1879, is the Irish mansion built on rashers.

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The Fine Gael promise to reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) at council level has been criticised as "fantasy stuff" by Fianna Fáil.

Fine Gael property tax pledge branded 'fantasy stuff' as election war begins

Apr 25, 2019 2:30

The Fine Gael promise to reduce the Local Property Tax (LPT) at council level has been criticised as "fantasy stuff" by Fianna Fáil.

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The number of apartments built here increased 64pc in the first three months of the year, driven by investment from so-called 'cuckoo funds'.

Apartments on the rise as house-building slows

Apr 24, 2019 2:30

The number of apartments built here increased 64pc in the first three months of the year, driven by investment from so-called 'cuckoo funds'.

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People planning to buy a home have every right to feel furious about the activities of cuckoo funds snapping new developments en masse.

Charlie Weston: 'FG is living in cloud cuckoo land if it thinks it won't pay the price over housing crisis'

Apr 20, 2019 2:30

People planning to buy a home have every right to feel furious about the activities of cuckoo funds snapping new developments en masse.

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More than 60 homes have been sold at Meadowbank since the new Swords development launched in early February beside Millers Glen, the scheme that hit the headlines in 2014 for being the first major new scheme in north Dublin in seven years.

Schools around the corner at Meadowbank

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

More than 60 homes have been sold at Meadowbank since the new Swords development launched in early February beside Millers Glen, the scheme that hit the headlines in 2014 for being the first major new scheme in north Dublin in seven years.

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In August 1930, the Irish artist Harry Kernoff sailed to Leningrad on board the Soviet ship Kooperatsiya (Cooperation) as part of a delegation of the Irish Friends of Soviet Russia. It was an interesting group. Kernoff's travelling companions included the political activists Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Charlotte Despard, and Irish Republicans David Fitzgerald and George Gilmore (who travelled under a false name). Their educational tour took them from Leningrad to Moscow, Baku, Tiflis, and Vladikavkaz.

The final frontier, when Kernoff boldly went...

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

In August 1930, the Irish artist Harry Kernoff sailed to Leningrad on board the Soviet ship Kooperatsiya (Cooperation) as part of a delegation of the Irish Friends of Soviet Russia. It was an interesting group. Kernoff's travelling companions included the political activists Hanna Sheehy Skeffington and Charlotte Despard, and Irish Republicans David Fitzgerald and George Gilmore (who travelled under a false name). Their educational tour took them from Leningrad to Moscow, Baku, Tiflis, and Vladikavkaz.

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The co-founder and chief executive of Cairn Homes, Michael Stanley, saw his pay increase by €123,000 in 2018.

Cairn Homes chief enjoys pay package of €920,000

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

The co-founder and chief executive of Cairn Homes, Michael Stanley, saw his pay increase by €123,000 in 2018.

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The Government will consider taxing so-called 'cuckoo funds' if they continue buying up residential property in blocks, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has conceded.

Threat to tax 'cuckoo funds' as FG feels the heat on housing crisis

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

The Government will consider taxing so-called 'cuckoo funds' if they continue buying up residential property in blocks, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has conceded.

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Once upon a time - though not long ago at all - Irish people vied for bragging rights on who was first to hear the cheery sound of the cuckoo.

John Downing: 'We'll hear about cuckoos all year round - but not with much joy'

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

Once upon a time - though not long ago at all - Irish people vied for bragging rights on who was first to hear the cheery sound of the cuckoo.

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Councillors should be given more powers to adjust the property tax in their area despite a Government report recommending otherwise, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Taoiseach at odds with report as he insists councillors should get more power to adjust property tax in their area

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

Councillors should be given more powers to adjust the property tax in their area despite a Government report recommending otherwise, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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The seafront site known as The Bower in Balbriggan was one of the first parts of the town to become residential back in 1844. The three original houses on the land were built to encourage people to use the then spangly new train line that ran from Dublin city out to Drogheda.

It's the view across the Irish sea that makes this Dublin pile so special

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

The seafront site known as The Bower in Balbriggan was one of the first parts of the town to become residential back in 1844. The three original houses on the land were built to encourage people to use the then spangly new train line that ran from Dublin city out to Drogheda.

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Architects are often scathing about planners, for reasons that may be obvious. Town and county planners tend to be conservative, after all, even where conservation is not necessarily desirable. They like to preserve vernacular architecture exactly as it is, and they take a poor view of ostentatious designs for giant glass-and-steel cubes amid thatched Connemara villages. So they also get in the way of the architects' dreams of fame and fortune.

Owner refused permission to demolish original bungalow - instead she extended it in two directions to award-winning effect

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

Architects are often scathing about planners, for reasons that may be obvious. Town and county planners tend to be conservative, after all, even where conservation is not necessarily desirable. They like to preserve vernacular architecture exactly as it is, and they take a poor view of ostentatious designs for giant glass-and-steel cubes amid thatched Connemara villages. So they also get in the way of the architects' dreams of fame and fortune.

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Q We are a couple considering returning to Ireland as we had always intended retiring there. Even though we are only in our early 60s, we are completely fed up with Brexit and seriously concerned about staying in the UK much longer.

Ask Sinead Ryan: 'We're fed up with Brexit and are considering returning to Ireland. What should we know?'

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

Q We are a couple considering returning to Ireland as we had always intended retiring there. Even though we are only in our early 60s, we are completely fed up with Brexit and seriously concerned about staying in the UK much longer.

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Mortgage borrowers in this country are the best protected in the world and offering them more protections from vulture funds will force banks to leave the market, a consumer champion claimed.

Mortgage holders here are offered the best protection in the world - consumer champion

Apr 19, 2019 2:30

Mortgage borrowers in this country are the best protected in the world and offering them more protections from vulture funds will force banks to leave the market, a consumer champion claimed.

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Fine Gael has been accused of helping so-called “cuckoo funds” to buy up housing developments - making things even harder for families trying to buy their own home.

Government 'on the side of the cuckoos' and helping big investors 'elbow families out of housing market' – Dáil hears

Apr 18, 2019 2:30

Fine Gael has been accused of helping so-called “cuckoo funds” to buy up housing developments - making things even harder for families trying to buy their own home.

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Claims vulture funds engage better with borrowers in arrears than banks are set to be dismissed as "fairy tales".

Claims vulture funds deal fairly with arrears are misleading 'fairy tales' - advocate

Apr 18, 2019 2:30

Claims vulture funds engage better with borrowers in arrears than banks are set to be dismissed as "fairy tales".

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The cuckoo is a summer visitor to Ireland. It mainly eats caterpillars and other insects.

Charlie Weston: 'It is high time these voracious cuckoos' wings were clipped'

Apr 18, 2019 2:30

The cuckoo is a summer visitor to Ireland. It mainly eats caterpillars and other insects.

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Half of those expecting to buy their first home say they will need help from their parents.

Buyers turn to 'bank of mum and dad' for help

Apr 17, 2019 2:30

Half of those expecting to buy their first home say they will need help from their parents.

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A situation that saw prospective buyers sleep in their cars while queuing in an attempt to buy a new home has been branded a "'Hunger Games' for housing".

Would-be buyers sleep in their cars in ''Hunger Games' for housing'

Apr 16, 2019 2:30

A situation that saw prospective buyers sleep in their cars while queuing in an attempt to buy a new home has been branded a "'Hunger Games' for housing".

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PEOPLE slept in cars overnight as first-time buyers with young families competed to buy one of 27 properties at the weekend - with all properties selling out within an hour.

'Like the Hunger Games' - dozens of people sleep overnight in cars in attempt to buy houses in Cork

Apr 15, 2019 14:46

PEOPLE slept in cars overnight as first-time buyers with young families competed to buy one of 27 properties at the weekend - with all properties selling out within an hour.

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PROPERTY price inflation continues to ease.

Property inflation continues to ease as demand lowers

Apr 11, 2019 11:23

PROPERTY price inflation continues to ease.

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PEOPLE who are paying their mortgages are being negatively impacted by those who are not repaying their home-loans, the head of AIB is set to tell politicians.

People who pay their mortgages are being negatively impacted by those who are not repaying home loans - AIB boss

Apr 10, 2019 16:12

PEOPLE who are paying their mortgages are being negatively impacted by those who are not repaying their home-loans, the head of AIB is set to tell politicians.

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House, hospital and major construction projects may soar in price as employers plan to factor a 30pc pay rise into tendering costs.

Construction bosses told to factor 30pc pay hike into tenders

Apr 10, 2019 2:30

House, hospital and major construction projects may soar in price as employers plan to factor a 30pc pay rise into tendering costs.

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Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has defended the increasing numbers of homes being bought by so-called 'cuckoo funds' and institutional investors.

Murphy points to 'positives' of cuckoo investors

Apr 10, 2019 2:30

Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has defended the increasing numbers of homes being bought by so-called 'cuckoo funds' and institutional investors.

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Most retired people would consider downsizing - but a garden in their new home is a must-have.

Downsizing to smaller home for retirement proves popular

Apr 9, 2019 2:30

Most retired people would consider downsizing - but a garden in their new home is a must-have.

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The largest mortgage lender in the State is set to shock the market with cuts to its fixed rates.

Bank shakes up mortgage market with fixed-rate cut

Apr 9, 2019 2:30

The largest mortgage lender in the State is set to shock the market with cuts to its fixed rates.

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Big corporations spent more than €1.1bn buying a record 2,923 housing units in Ireland last year, blasting through previous records and cementing a radical shift in housing patterns.

Rents to soar again as 'cuckoo fund' housebuying hits record

Apr 8, 2019 2:30

Big corporations spent more than €1.1bn buying a record 2,923 housing units in Ireland last year, blasting through previous records and cementing a radical shift in housing patterns.

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Coalition partners Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance look set to clash over a demand for pensioners to be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax (LPT).

Ministers clash over property tax exemptions for all pensioners

Apr 8, 2019 2:30

Coalition partners Fine Gael and the Independent Alliance look set to clash over a demand for pensioners to be exempt from paying the Local Property Tax (LPT).

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Clancy Barracks in Islandbridge was sold back in the noughties to private Irish investors for residential development, ie homes to sell. The construction cost of adaptation and new build wasn't going to be cheap. Loans were undertaken, and then there was that cliff drop in construction we all suffered from in some form.

Deirdre Conroy: 'Vulture funds' rent-only developments are not part of our culture'

Apr 8, 2019 2:30

Clancy Barracks in Islandbridge was sold back in the noughties to private Irish investors for residential development, ie homes to sell. The construction cost of adaptation and new build wasn't going to be cheap. Loans were undertaken, and then there was that cliff drop in construction we all suffered from in some form.

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Few would argue with the benefits to society of providing affordable places to live. It doesn't matter whether you are an owner or renting, affordable housing is good for society, for families and for the economy.

Richard Curran: 'Renters are most vulnerable in post-crash housing era'

Apr 4, 2019 2:30

Few would argue with the benefits to society of providing affordable places to live. It doesn't matter whether you are an owner or renting, affordable housing is good for society, for families and for the economy.

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Households who bought the most affordable homes will suffer the largest increase in property tax under the system of reform favoured by the Government.

Largest property tax hikes to hit families living in small rural homes

Apr 4, 2019 2:30

Households who bought the most affordable homes will suffer the largest increase in property tax under the system of reform favoured by the Government.

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Astonishingly, you'll be invited to vote first - and face your property tax hikes later.

John Downing: 'Three elections loom so LPT rises are firmly off the agenda'

Apr 4, 2019 2:30

Astonishingly, you'll be invited to vote first - and face your property tax hikes later.

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Q&A: Why there is still no clarity on the future of property tax with an election looming on the horizon

Apr 4, 2019 2:30

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Homeowners in rural Ireland will feel the brunt of property tax hikes under the system of reform favoured by the Government.

Property tax to hurt small rural homes as Dublin let off hook

Apr 4, 2019 2:30

Homeowners in rural Ireland will feel the brunt of property tax hikes under the system of reform favoured by the Government.

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Local Property Tax (LPT) rates for householders are to be frozen for another year the Government decided late last night.

Relief as property tax changes delayed for a year

Apr 3, 2019 2:30

Local Property Tax (LPT) rates for householders are to be frozen for another year the Government decided late last night.

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President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi said a proposed law to control the operation of vulture funds could undermine financial stability.

Draghi warns vulture funds bill 'undermines stability'

Apr 3, 2019 2:30

President of the European Central Bank (ECB) Mario Draghi said a proposed law to control the operation of vulture funds could undermine financial stability.

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Households caught in the rent trap are spending as much as half their income on accommodation.

Rent trap swallows half of working families' incomes

Apr 3, 2019 2:30

Households caught in the rent trap are spending as much as half their income on accommodation.

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The rent is too damn high.

Donal O'Donovan: 'The rent is just too damn high - a cry of pain that reveals deep social wounds'

Apr 3, 2019 2:30

The rent is too damn high.

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First-time buyers will be deprived of the chance to buy almost 300 apartments at one of the country’s biggest new developments.

'Cuckoo funds' elbow young buyers out of housing market

Apr 2, 2019 2:30

First-time buyers will be deprived of the chance to buy almost 300 apartments at one of the country’s biggest new developments.

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A major apartment complex has been purchased by Cork City Council and a housing association to tackle the city's spiralling social housing crisis.

Council buys €19m complex to tackle social housing crisis

Mar 30, 2019 2:30

A major apartment complex has been purchased by Cork City Council and a housing association to tackle the city's spiralling social housing crisis.

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Property prices in the capital were flat over the last year, according to a leading estate agency.

Capital's property prices flat over last year

Mar 30, 2019 2:30

Property prices in the capital were flat over the last year, according to a leading estate agency.

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None of the loans in a portfolio of Bank of Ireland mortgages classified as non-performing by regulators is more than two months in arrears, and the average loan-to value ratio is over 80pc, the Irish Independent has learned.

No mortgage in BoI 'bad loan' pot in 90-day arrears

Mar 29, 2019 2:30

None of the loans in a portfolio of Bank of Ireland mortgages classified as non-performing by regulators is more than two months in arrears, and the average loan-to value ratio is over 80pc, the Irish Independent has learned.

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Can't afford a Paul Henry? You wouldn't be the only one. His paintings frequently fetch six figure sums. Most famously, The Potato Diggers (1910-11) sold for €400,000 at Adam's in 2013. Henry's reputation is stellar. The artist biography section of Whyte's describes him as: "Arguably the most influential Irish landscape artist of the 20th century."

Rare collection from the poster boy of Irish tourism

Mar 29, 2019 2:30

Can't afford a Paul Henry? You wouldn't be the only one. His paintings frequently fetch six figure sums. Most famously, The Potato Diggers (1910-11) sold for €400,000 at Adam's in 2013. Henry's reputation is stellar. The artist biography section of Whyte's describes him as: "Arguably the most influential Irish landscape artist of the 20th century."

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Thousands of Ulster Bank mortgage customers have been overcharged by the lender and are now due refunds.

Ulster Bank to refund 10,000 homeowners charged higher rates on their repayments

Mar 29, 2019 2:30

Thousands of Ulster Bank mortgage customers have been overcharged by the lender and are now due refunds.

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Few industries have ever been transformed so quickly as the Irish property sector. A decade ago Irish property was on its knees. We had a cohort of indigenous developers who were basically broke. House prices were tanking. Rents were tanking. Ireland Inc was in deep trouble and was still two years away from the beginning of an IMF bailout.

Richard Curran: 'Property's new big boys want to get their message across'

Mar 28, 2019 2:30

Few industries have ever been transformed so quickly as the Irish property sector. A decade ago Irish property was on its knees. We had a cohort of indigenous developers who were basically broke. House prices were tanking. Rents were tanking. Ireland Inc was in deep trouble and was still two years away from the beginning of an IMF bailout.

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The majority of prospective home buyers see prices rising for the type of home they want, a survey has found.

Buyers say prices of their ideal homes are increasing

Mar 28, 2019 2:30

The majority of prospective home buyers see prices rising for the type of home they want, a survey has found.

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A body that represents pension trustees has been granted leave to apply for a judicial review of moves by the Social Protection minister to impose new EU regulations on one-member pension schemes.

Trustees challenge ban on one-member pensions purchasing buy-to-lets

Mar 28, 2019 2:30

A body that represents pension trustees has been granted leave to apply for a judicial review of moves by the Social Protection minister to impose new EU regulations on one-member pension schemes.

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LEGISLATION to regulate the sale of mortgages to vulture funds will push up interest rates on home loans, the Banking and Payments Federation said.

Lenders say law 'will push up mortgage lending rates'

Mar 27, 2019 2:30

LEGISLATION to regulate the sale of mortgages to vulture funds will push up interest rates on home loans, the Banking and Payments Federation said.

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The sheer size of the Center Parcs Longford Forest scheme currently under way near Ballymahon has caused the price of an average property in the county to rise by 21.1pc in the past year.

Driving up values: Properties around Center Parcs soar

Mar 25, 2019 2:30

The sheer size of the Center Parcs Longford Forest scheme currently under way near Ballymahon has caused the price of an average property in the county to rise by 21.1pc in the past year.

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Fewer than 1pc of mortgage holders switch providers despite many saying they are concerned about value.

Fewer than 1pc of homeowners switch mortgages

Mar 25, 2019 2:30

Fewer than 1pc of mortgage holders switch providers despite many saying they are concerned about value.

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The prices of average second-hand homes have largely frozen for the first quarter of 2019 throughout Ireland with most counties showing prices unchanged since the beginning of the year.

Big freeze in house prices blamed on Central Bank rules 'stifling the market'

Mar 25, 2019 2:30

The prices of average second-hand homes have largely frozen for the first quarter of 2019 throughout Ireland with most counties showing prices unchanged since the beginning of the year.

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'Location, Location, Location' - it's the name of the most popular and longest-running property programme of them all.

Mark Keenan: 'Kirstie and Phil can beat location drum all they want - here it's about mortgages'

Mar 25, 2019 2:30

'Location, Location, Location' - it's the name of the most popular and longest-running property programme of them all.

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Thousands of Bank of Ireland mortgage customers face having to make higher payments after the lender messed up their loan calculations.

Bank error means 3,400 homeowners face higher repayments

Mar 25, 2019 2:30

Thousands of Bank of Ireland mortgage customers face having to make higher payments after the lender messed up their loan calculations.

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