Record number of women in workforce

Record number of women in workforce A record number of women were in the workforce last year, according to the latest figures from Eurostat, with 78,000 more women at work than in 2014. Overall, there was in excess of 804,700 women in the labour market, resulting in a participation rate of 77.2%, up from 72.5% […]

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Apartments on the rise as house-building slows

Apartments on the rise as house-building slows The number of apartments built here increased 64pc in the first three months of the year, driven by investment from so-called ‘cuckoo funds’. At the same time there has been a slow-down in the pace of new house-building, which has clocked up the slowest increase since 2013. The […]

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Apartments on the rise as house-building slows

Apartments on the rise as house-building slows The number of apartments built here increased 64pc in the first three months of the year, driven by investment from so-called ‘cuckoo funds’. At the same time there has been a slow-down in the pace of new house-building, which has clocked up the slowest increase since 2013. The […]

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EU debt levels up in 2018 but debt-to-GDP ratio down

EU debt levels up in 2018 but debt-to-GDP ratio down Government debt levels rose in the European Union last year, according to Eurostat, but economic expansion in the region pushed the overall debt-to-GDP ratio down. The countries that use the euro had a combined debt of €9.86 trillion in 2018, up €99 billion (1%) year-on-year. […]

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Less than half of all employees have a private pension – CSO

Less than half of all employees have a private pension – CSO Less than half of all employees in Ireland were saving towards a pension last year, according to the Central Statistics Office. Its survey of pension coverage in the third quarter of 2018 found that 47.1% of all people in employment were contributing towards […]

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Housing completions up by over a fifth in first three months

Housing completions up by over a fifth in first three months Housing completions were up by over a fifth in the first three months of 2019, according to Goodbody’s Housebuilding Tracker. It uses Building Energy Regulation (BER) data to compile its figures. The official data tracks electricity connection figures. According to Goodbody’s figures, 4,255 residential […]

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Government’s €300m Brexit funding scheme for SMEs opens

Government’s €300m Brexit funding scheme for SMEs opens Small and medium sized businesses here, as well as farmers, can now apply for loans under the Government’s Future Loan Scheme. The initiative aims to support strategic long-term investment in the post-Brexit environment where financing options may be restricted. Money borrowed can be use for a variety […]

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Home improvements and energy upgrades drive €2.47 billion spend

Home improvements and energy upgrades drive €2.47 billion spend Irish homeowners have spent a total of €2.471 billion through the Home Renovation Incentive since its launch in 2013. The scheme, which concluded at the end of last year, facilitated homeowners in carrying out nearly 150,000 home improvement projects over the last four years. The projects […]

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Euro zone businesses started second quarter with tepid growth – PMI

Euro zone businesses started second quarter with tepid growth – PMI Euro zone businesses started the second quarter on the back foot, with growth unexpectedly slowing again as demand barely rose despite more modest price rises, surveys showed today. The data comes a week after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi raised the prospect of […]

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