Finance Minister: ‘Stamp duty hike in national interest’

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has issued an unapologetic defence of his decision to increase the rate of stamp duty on commercial property transactions from 2pc to 6pc in the Budget. Responding to questions on the matter at Davy’s annual conference, held in Dublin last Thursday night, he made it clear that he would not bow […]

What happens if my loan is sold?

If your loan is sold to a vulture fund or another bank all of the original contracts remain the same – though that includes the obligation to make repayments. AIB isn’t selling residential home loans, which carry special protections. While the legal situation doesn’t change, the lender’s approach can. In some cases vulture funds are […]

What happens if newly-built houses cannot find buyers?

If only there was a simple formula for predicting market crashes, we’d all get rich. (Well, those who knew it would). But there isn’t. Except that, just maybe, there might be when it comes to housing. A tall claim – and one I don’t intend betting money on. Even if I were legally entitled to […]

Ireland is a high cost location for small firms – SFA

Ireland is a high cost location for small firms, according to Linda Barry, assistant director at the Small Firms Association (SFA). Addressing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Business, Enterprise and Innovation yesterday, Ms Barry said that many SFA members were operating in low margin environments, making it difficult for them to absorb cost increases. In […]

Fresh hope for families in tracker loans nightmare

Families have been given fresh hope that their tracker nightmare will end this year, after the Government threatened to hit banks with massive tax bills if they do not rectify the mess. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the behaviour of the banks was “scandalous” after it emerged that lenders are actively frustrating the efforts of regulators. […]

EU-US data transfer pact passes first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers won a green light from the European Union yesterday after a first review to ensure the US protects Europeans’ data stored on American servers. The EU-US Privacy Shield was agreed last year after everyday cross-border data transfers were plunged into limbo when the EU’s […]

AIB gears up to launch $2bn Project Redwood loan sale

AIB is preparing to launch the largest non-performing loan sale in its history next month as it embarks on the final phase of its post-crisis balance sheet purge amid a fresh crackdown on the sector from the European Central Bank. It is understood soured loans with a face value of close to €2bn will be […]

‘I wanted to retire by 50 so I could enjoy life. My advice? Start saving’

Beryl Dunne, an IT manager who lives in Bray, Co Wicklow, is semi-retired and said she had to ramp up her payments so that she could retire when she wanted. “I wanted to retire by 50 so, health-wise, I could enjoy life. Also, I felt that by the time I came to retire the State […]

Explained: Why women are losing out on their pension payments

Changes to the way the State pension payment is calculated were introduced in 2012. The new rules hit women hard. They are typically losing around €35 in payments. And they will not get the full €5 rise in the State pension announced in this week’s Budget. Personal Finance editor Charlie Weston looks at all your […]

The winners and the losers after Paschal’s ‘safe and steady’ Budget

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has delivered his first Budget and it’s safe to say it was a bonanza for nobody, but who has fared the best? WINNERS: Social welfare recipients Social welfare recipients are set to receive a €5 increase to their weekly payments. While the amount has been criticised by some, it is the […]