Posts Categorized: Syndicated News

Home building levels reach 10 year high – Goodbody

21,500 new homes were completed last year, according to new analysis from stockbrokers Goodbody, up 19% on the figure for 2018. The increase marked the highest rate of growth in a decade and is nearly five times greater than the 2013 trough of 4,575. However it still sits below the 34,000 units that the Central… Read more »

ComReg cuts 1800 Freephone services costs for businesses

ComReg is introducing measures that will reduce the costs for businesses and charities offering ‘1800’ Freephone numbers to users of their services.  Calls to 1800 Freephone numbers are free to the caller, but it has been very costly for business and organisations who offer services and helplines over such numbers to provide such services.  ComReg… Read more »

Dublin Port reports strong growth in EU trade volumes

Dublin Port Company has again reported record growth figures for 2019 as trade with the European Union countries experienced strong growth.  Volumes on Ro-Ro (Roll-on/roll-off) and Lo-Lo (life-on/lift off) services to Continental Europe grew by 10.7%, but UK volumes fell by 0.2%.  Dublin Port reported growth in unitised volumes (both Ro-Ro and Lo-Lo combined) of… Read more »

EU/US trade talks ‘off to good start’

European Union trade commissioner Phil Hogan said his meeting with senior US officials marked a “good start” to resetting trade ties with Washington, but there was more work to do. Hogan told reporters he had a good exchange of views with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer several times during his visit, and underscored Brussels’ desire… Read more »

Interest rate hike in state’s home loan scheme

The Government has sharply increased the rate of interest it will charge future first-time home buyers availing of its Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme. As a result of the changes, the 25-year fixed rate has increased to 2.745% from 2%, while the 30-year fixed rate has risen to 2.995% from 2.3%. The move means those… Read more »

Car sales in Europe get late-year boost helped by incentives

Europe emerged as a bright spot for the embattled global car industry after car sales jumped to a record in December, but it could be short-lived. The “exceptional” gain in Europe last month was fuelled by a 28% increase in France and a more than doubling in Sweden, where governments changed emissions-based taxes on new… Read more »

Soaring gold price leads to a refining boom

In a refinery just outside Uganda’s main airport, workers slip bars of freshly refined gold into clear plastic bags sealed with a sticker of the national flag — black, yellow and red — and the label “Ugandan’s Treasure.” Uganda produces little gold of its own. Alain Goetz, who set up the refinery, says that by… Read more »

Housing costs push 2019 inflation rate up to 0.9% – CSO

New Central Statistics Office figures show the rate of inflation almost doubled in 2019 compared to 2018 with housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels showing the biggest price increases since 2015. Consumer prices rose by 0.9% in 2019, after increasing by 0.5% in 2018 and by 0.4% in 2017.  The CSO said that during… Read more »