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Increase in value and volume of mortgages drawn down

Increase in value and volume of mortgages drawn down There was an 8.9% increase in the number of mortgages drawn down in Ireland in the first quarter of this year, according to the body representing the banking, payments and fintech sectors. Figures published by the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland show 8,577 new mortgages, to… Read more »

Rich nations must help workers adapt to automation, says OECD

Rich nations must help workers adapt to automation, says OECD Robots and computers threaten 14% of existing jobs over the next 20 years, so countries must retrain workers for a transformed labour market, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has warned today. In a report, the OECD estimates that in addition to the destruction… Read more »

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%… Read more »

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… Read more »

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »