Going green with nuclear, strong mortgage data; and question about rents – The Irish Times

Ireland’s European Commissioner Maireád McGuinness is moving closer to classifying nuclear energy and gas as having a role to play in the transition to climate neutrality as an energy price crisis consumes the European Union. Naomi O’Leary reports from Brussels.

New mortgage data shows continued strong growth in both approvals and drawdowns during the third quarter as homebuyers returned to the market following a steep drop-off last year at the height of the Covid-19 crisis. But, writes Colin Gleeson, first-time buyers are turning more to secondhand properties as developers struggle to bring new homes to market.

Rents rose at 7 per cent in the second quarter, according to figures from the Residential Tenancies Board, but an industry group says the figure is distorted by new rental properties or new tenancies that are exempt from Government rent pressure zone legislation. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details.

Digicel is selling a “cracking business”

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