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Q3 mortgage approvals up by a third as mortgage market recovery continues

There was a significant increase in mortgage approvals in September, but the value of mortgages drawn down in the latest quarter was still down significantly on the same period last year. That is according to the latest figures from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, which show that first time buyers still account for the bulk of […]

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Q3 mortgage approvals up by a third as mortgage market recovery continues

There was a significant increase in mortgage approvals in September, but the value of mortgages drawn down in the latest quarter was still down significantly on the same period last year. That is according to the latest figures from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland, which show that first time buyers still account for the bulk of […]

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Accountants plead with Johnson for NI customs solution

Tax practitioners have written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently seek some temporary mechanism to ease custom disruption between Ireland and Northern Ireland at the start of next year. Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), which represents accountants on both sides of the Irish border, said that every option possible must now be considered given […]

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Accountants plead with Johnson for NI customs solution

Tax practitioners have written to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently seek some temporary mechanism to ease custom disruption between Ireland and Northern Ireland at the start of next year. Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), which represents accountants on both sides of the Irish border, said that every option possible must now be considered given […]

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UK retail sales growth beat expectations in September

British retail sales beat expectations in September to cap a record quarter of growth that took total sales volumes further above their pre-pandemic level, but rising Covid cases risk crimping demand going forward.  UK retail sales volumes expanded by 1.5% in September alone and are 4.7% higher than a year earlier. This was the largest annual […]

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70 days until Brexit transition ends – Coveney

The Minister for Foreign Affairs has called on all Irish businesses who rely on suppliers, producers, clients and customers from the UK to immediately check on their preparations for Brexit. Simon Coveney said that while the UK officially left the EU at the end of January this year, the real impact of Brexit has been […]

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Barnier says ‘every day counts’ as Brexit talks continue

Post-Brexit trade talks between the UK and European Union will continue in London as Michel Barnier said both sides have a “common responsibility” to strike a deal. The European Union’s chief negotiator is expected to continue discussions with his UK counterpart David Frost as the deadline for an agreement looms. Talks had been in limbo after […]

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Varadkar stresses wisdom of managing public finances ‘soundly’

The Tánaiste has said the framework for the upcoming National Economic Plan would have to be based on the wisdom of managing the public finances soundly. Launching a stakeholders engagement workshop for the strategy – due to be published next month, Leo Varadkar said the State had entered the pandemic with the public finances in […]

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