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Economy - Wednesday 9 April, 2014

Enda and Dave on tour: Taoiseach suggests joint trade mission with Cameron

Enda Kenny told business leaders in London that he discussed the possibility of a joint trade mission with David Cameron at last night’s State banquet.

Bubble? What bubble? Here’s why Noonan isn’t worried by rising property prices Pop

Bubble? What bubble? Here’s why Noonan isn’t worried by rising property prices

The finance minister noted that prices are still 47 per cent lower than their 2007 peak.

Economy - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Here’s how many cars have been sold so far this year…

Toyota leads the field in new car registrations ahead of Volkswagen.

Growth sector: AIB unveils €500m farm fund

Growth predicted for dairy sector in particular once quotas are removed.

Hands up: Department of Finance to adjust figures after mixing-up €101m of VAT with income tax

The department say that the overall level of tax collected remains unchanged.

You’re hired: 10 per cent more job vacancies than 2013

New reports find construction is recovering along with professional sector.

Honohan told to ‘stand up to the ECB’ as Frankfurt puts the pressure on last year’s deal

In it’s annual report published yesterday, the ECB says that, “liquidation of the IBRC raises serious monetary financing concerns”.

Small firms ‘prohibited’ from government work

Larger companies forcing down prices for government work.

Economy - Monday 7 April, 2014

Denis O’Brien to take over Beacon Hospital in Sandyford

UPMC Ireland said that a ‘generous offer’ was made by the businessman.

So just what was the effective rate of tax for corporations in the last decade?

It’s more than you might think for most companies.

Independent review to scrutinise decision not to sue KPMG

Sinn Fein finance spokesman urges swift action to ensure statute of limitations not activated.

Consumer sentiment down in March after seven year high

The chief economist at KBC Bank Ireland said it likely reflects a normal ebb and flow in the data and we shouldn’t be too worried.

From TheJournal.ie Are mortgage repayment hikes crippling Irish under-50s? Too Steep?

Are mortgage repayment hikes crippling Irish under-50s?

Older people are leading the regular savings charge while younger mortgage holders struggle.

Wind blows electricity prices up in March

Wind switches roles after driving down prices in February.

“Ireland is on the way back” – businesses are bullish about the economy right now

Business group IBEC says the recovery is not just well under way, but is gaining momentum.

Economy - Saturday 5 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Column: Don’t believe the hype – the Irish economy remains a high cost one Column

Column: Don’t believe the hype – the Irish economy remains a high cost one

As business costs begin to rise again, we need to remember that nobody owes us a living, writes Aaron McKenna.

Economy - Friday 4 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Central Bank: The economy is on the up, but inflation remains stubbornly low Economy

Central Bank: The economy is on the up, but inflation remains stubbornly low

Quarterly bulletin finds that drop in unemployment is ‘clearest indicator’ of improving economic fortunes.

NAMA sells €5.4bn Northern Ireland loan book but won’t disclose sale price

The loan portfolio, codenamed Project Eagle, has been sold to New York based investment firm Cerberus.

Credit Unions withdraw from debt deal because ‘it gives banks too much power’

The plan “vests control in the banks”, a statement from two Credit Union agencies said.

Economy - Thursday 3 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie Call Me…Maybe? Enda Kenny’s call invite is keeping his phone buzzing Don't Call Me I'll Call You

Call Me…Maybe? Enda Kenny’s call invite is keeping his phone buzzing

“Christ, I’m getting phone calls from Adelaide and New Zealand and everywhere.”

Want to get into bed with NAMA? Form a queue…

121 companies have expressed an interest in partnering on NAMA’s property portfolio.

Tax ‘grinch’ calls on government to hold off on cuts

Chambers Ireland chief wants to see more signs of recovery before easing tax burden.

From TheJournal.ie US pharmaceutical company announces 200 new jobs for Dublin Jobswatch

US pharmaceutical company announces 200 new jobs for Dublin

Alexion will spend around €75 million creating 200 new jobs over the next two years in west Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie Over 50s’ income did not fall during the recession – ESRI Standard Of Living

Over 50s’ income did not fall during the recession – ESRI

The think tank say research shows that, although the wealth of over 50s declined, overall income, health and well-being did not.

Just four mortgage deals have been completed by the Insolvency Service

66 people have been made bankrupt in 2014 so far, more than all of last year.

Economy - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

And we think Dublin is bad? This $600,000 house is the cheapest in Vancouver Canada This post contains images

Donegal catch: €35m facility planned for Killybegs

New Donegal facility announced as industry urged to set its sights higher.

Is it too expensive to do business in Ireland?

Cost savings are temporary without reform, IBEC says.

From TheJournal.ie Live Register drops for 21st month in a row Jobswatch

Live Register drops for 21st month in a row

There were 391,232 people on the Live Register last month, some 33,856 fewer than in March 2013

Three things you need to know about Bank of Ireland’s new stamp duty offer This post contains a poll

Three things you need to know about Bank of Ireland’s new stamp duty offer

The state-backed bank is offering to pay first time buyer’s stamp duty-but should you take the deal?

Homeowners opposed to flood levy to help others get insurance

The idea of a 1 per cent levy was mooted by Minister Phil Hogan last month – but a recent survey shows little desire among the public.

Economy - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

From TheJournal.ie This could be the best year for car sales since 2008 Happy Car Dealers

This could be the best year for car sales since 2008

That’s according to figures out today which show almost 50,000 have been sold so far this year.

From TheJournal.ie Irish people consumed 38 million litres of pure alcohol last year Last Orders

Irish people consumed 38 million litres of pure alcohol last year

That’s 3 million litres less than 2012.

Economy - Monday 31 March, 2014

From TheJournal.ie You’ve got a bit more time to pay your Property Tax before penalties kick in After Midnight

You’ve got a bit more time to pay your Property Tax before penalties kick in

The deadline for payment has been extended to 5pm on Wednesday.

Irish hotels are selling like hotcakes this year

Sales are up 150 per cent in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2013.

Economy - Friday 28 March, 2014

Cyprus was still imposing post-bailout cash withdrawal limits until today

The €300 limit was intended to prevent a run on the country’s banks.

€5.4bn laundered through Ireland in one year – report

An estimated €3bn is laundered through the Irish economy each year, according to a new report from Grant Thornton.

Economy - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Five former garda stations were sold today… for less than €600,000 (in total)

All buildings come complete with state-of-the art recording equipment. (Not really, obviously… If that were the case we would have put it in the headline).

Most tech companies in Ireland want to expand

However, access to credit, scalability and hiring the right people remain challenges.

From TheJournal.ie Study finds no link between economic growth and a fall in childhood undernutrition GDP

Study finds no link between economic growth and a fall in childhood undernutrition

The authors suggest that this could be due to funds being misspent.