Tag Archives: Christmas


Property tax will broaden tax base, insists Noonan

  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the local property tax would broaden the base for taxation in a way that does not impact on jobs and provide stable funding for local authorities. The minister said it would, in turn, encourage greater efficiency by local authorities and meet the terms of the agreement of [...]

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Enda Kenny

Exemptions to be made to property tax

The Taoiseach has confirmed the Government will allow for some hard-pressed householders not to pay the property tax. Those who bought homes that are affected by pyrite, properties owned by charities and those who are permanently incapacitated will not have to pay the tax when it is introduced in July The Coalition is also allowing [...]

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Bellingham Castle

Bellingham Castle sells for €900,000

The Co Louth castle which once provided the venue for a number of RTÉ shows including Failte Towers sold for €900,000 before Christmas. Bellingham Castle, a landmark 17th-century castle outside Dundalk in the village of Castlebellingham, finally sold four years on from initially going on the market with an asking price of €6.75 million. Most recently [...]

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Property market will be unpredictable in early 2013

The turkey had barely digested in peoples’ stomachs when headlines began to emerge about a stabilising property market. From a CSO report just after Christmas, to three Barometers at the turn of the year, everyone seems to be in agreement that the decline in prices is halting. Well, in the capital at least. The second [...]

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It is still many peoples' dream to buy their own home

What has the final few months of the year got in store for the property market?

A soon to be published survey by MyHome.ie revealed that 62.7% of first time buyers hoped to purchase a home in the next 12 months, with a further 29.1% undecided. Those figures, along with Bank of Ireland’s findings that 84% of 25-35 year olds want to buy their own home, means there is still a [...]

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No cuts have been made this month to the ECB's interest rate of 1%

ECB leaves interest rate untouched

As expected, the European Central Bank has decided to maintain its main interest rate at 1%, meaning mortgage holders will have to wait at least another month for further cuts. The ECB cut interest rates by 0.25% in both November and December and a third successive month of cuts had been predicted for January prior [...]

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Minister Phil Hogan

Minister reassures public over Household Charge website

The Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan TD has reassured the public that the Household Charge website adheres to the required data protection and privacy standards. In a statement issued this afternoon, Minister Hogan said: “I would like to reassure users of www.householdcharge.ie that the information they provide is fully secure.” He noted that the [...]

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Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank to cut variable mortgage rate

Ulster Bank has provided its variable rate mortgage holders with a pre-Christmas boost after vowing to cut its interest rates in the New Year. The lender confirmed today that it would be passing on a reduction of 0.2% to its customers on February 1. The decision to slash its interest rate comes despite the bank [...]

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Retail Excellence Ireland

High rents will force retail chains to leave Irish market, claims Retail Excellence Ireland

A number of international retail chains will leave the Irish market next year, according to Retail Excellence Ireland. The group says a number of businesses are deciding whether or not to remain in the market based on sales over the Christmas period but added that some may already have made their minds up. CEO of [...]

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Gardening gifts make a great Christmas present

Looking outside for Christmas gift ideas

Everybody likes a nice garden but many are unclear about what and when to do the work, whilst others may dread doing the work involved in order to keep the garden neat, tidy and beautiful. However tackling the common gardening tasks is so much easier with the right tools and equipment. This Christmas why not consider an alternative [...]

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