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Banking research reveals huge dependency on main retail banks, as review event takes place

16th May 2022

Just 1% of people here have their main current account with a digital bank, a survey of consumers carried out on behalf of the Department of Finance has found. While thousands of people use services like Revolut to transfer money, the fintech recently expanded their presence in the Irish market offering a full banking service […]

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New construction orders fall as cost increases bite

16th May 2022

New orders in the construction sector fell last month, as a result of near-record cost increases, the latest construction purchasing managers index for Ireland from BNP Paribas Real Estate has found. However, despite the depressed demand, purchasing, activity and employment all rose further, it found. “The latest PMI confirms that construction activity continued to expand […]

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Ryanair cautious about ‘fragile’ recovery after smaller annual loss

16th May 2022

Ryanair has today posted a €355m loss for the pandemic-hit 12 months to the end of March. The airline said it was impossible to accurately forecast anything beyond hoping for a return to “reasonable profitability” this year. The airline has been operating more flights than any other European airline according to air traffic regulator Eurocontrol. […]

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Irish household wealth hits record €198,498 per person

13th May 2022

Irish household net worth soared to a record high in the final three months of last year, despite the various economic pressures, new data from the Central Bank shows. In total, household net worth rose €38.5 billion between October and the end of December, to reach €995 billion. This equated to €198,498 for every man, […]

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Inflation at its highest rate in 22 years

13th May 2022

The annual rate of inflation rose to 7% in April, according to figures published by the Central Statistics Office – its highest rate in 22 years. The CSO said this marked an increase from 6.7% in March and was the largest annual increase in inflation since November 2000 when inflation also stood at 7%. The […]

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Just how ‘early’ will the ECB start increasing interest rates?

13th May 2022

“Early.” This five letter word caused a slight ripple this week for those who read the tea leaves on the utterances of central bankers. Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, said in a speech in Slovenia that the bank’s purchases of bonds under its Asset Purchase Programme should conclude “early in the third […]

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Market rents rise as supply hits new low – daft.ie

12th May 2022

Market rents in the first three months of the year were almost 12% higher than they were in the same period last year, according to the latest report from property website daft.ie. The average market rent between January and March stood at €1,567 per month, the report concludes, which was up almost 3% on the […]

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Cairn Homes expects build cost inflation of 6% for 2022

12th May 2022

Cairn Homes said it expects total build cost inflation – including infrastructure, materials and labour – of about 6% for this year but reiterated its full year guidance. In a trading update ahead of its AGM in Dublin today, the company said the build cost inflation outlook is uncertain. But it added that it anticipates […]

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FBD’s car insurance premiums down 9% this year

12th May 2022

FBD Holdings said today that its average motor insurance premium is 9% lower than the same time in 2021 and the company is seeing strong retention of existing customers. In a trading update ahead of its AGM today, FBD said the underwriting performance of its business for 2022 to date has been in line with […]

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Lakeland Dairies CEO Michael Hanley to retire in December

11th May 2022

The Chief Executive of Lakeland Dairies, Michael Hanley has announced his decision to retire at the end of this year. He has held the position for 16 years but has worked with the co-operative for 36 years. During his term as CEO, Mr Hanley led the transformation of Lakeland Dairies to become the second largest […]

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