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ECB interest rate-setters seek to reassure markets

The European Central Bank (ECB) will hold an interest rate-setting meeting on Thursday when it will likely seek to reassure financial markets while not adding to panic setting in around Europe’s sluggish economic performance. Germany, France and Italy are now all flatlining economically, creating concerns that the eurozone economy may be headed for recession and […]

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More Corporation Tax than expected in February’s Exchequer returns

Exchequer returns for February show a shortfall in Income Tax and VAT receipts, but these are largely offset by a bigger than expected payments of Corporation Tax. In February, €1.6 billion in income tax was collected, which was €156 million lower than expected. The Department of Finance says this is mainly due to some late […]

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Irish businesses now stockpiling raw materials ahead of Brexit date

The clearest evidence yet has emerged of stockpiling by Irish businesses ahead of Brexit in the latest evidence of how the UK’s planned exit from the EU is hitting Irish industry. With 27 days to go before Brexit, Irish manufacturers have increased stocks of raw material at a record pace, according to the latest Manufacturing […]

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Irish businesses now stockpiling raw materials ahead of Brexit date

The clearest evidence yet has emerged of stockpiling by Irish businesses ahead of Brexit in the latest evidence of how the UK’s planned exit from the EU is hitting Irish industry. With 27 days to go before Brexit, Irish manufacturers have increased stocks of raw material at a record pace, according to the latest Manufacturing […]

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Is there any tax relief available if I rent a room to a student?

Question: I am thinking of opening up a room in my home to a student as digs. Is there any tax relief available for this, and I am wondering whether or not renting a room will have any impact on my mortgage interest relief? Answer: Given the housing situation at the moment choosing to take […]

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Surge in number of data breaches reported to Commission in 2018

The number of data breaches reported to the Data Protection Commission soared by 70% last year, as new data protection rules were introduced across Europe. In total, the watchdog was notified of 4,740 breaches during 2018, with 3,542 of those lodged in the seven months after the General Data Protection Regulation came into force in […]

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EU agrees measures to tighten oversight of foreign finance firms

European Union governments and lawmakers have reached agreement on tighter rules for asset managers and investment firms offering “bank-like” services, such as proprietary trading and underwriting of financial instruments. The agreement will give the European Commission more power in overseeing foreign financial firms operating in the EU, including more clout over London-based financial firms after […]

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Electric Ireland to increase electricity and gas prices by 4% from April

Electric Ireland customers have become the latest to feel the pain of price hikes after the largest provider in the State announced its intention to increase residential electricity and gas prices by 4 per cent from the beginning of April. It is the second price increase from Electric Ireland in just more than six months […]

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Permanent TSB’s 2018 profits jump 45% on increased market share

Permanent TSB has reported a 45% jump in pre-tax profits, before exceptionals, for 2018 as its total new lending volumes increased by over 40%. The bank said its pre-tax profits, before exceptionals, climbed to €94m, while its total new lending volumes amounted to €1.5 billion. It said its non-performing loans reduced by 68% from €5.3 […]

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Interest rates here to rise even though ECB won’t hike until 2022

Bank of Ireland doesn’t expect the ECB to raise interest rates until 2022, but reckons lending rates here are set to increase. Pricing of longer-term mortgage deals, of five years or more, are tipped to increase most, Bank of Ireland chief financial officer Andrew Keating said yesterday. The bank – along with its rivals in […]

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