Irish Examiner view: Property market has become a loaded dice – Irish Examiner

Even as the Government extends lockdown to at least March 5 and works to better control travellers to try to contain Covid-19, it is possible to see the fight against the virus as a conflict between sustaining economic norms and public well-being.  If airports could be closed without destroying struggling but vital airlines, that defence

Publicans hopeful of reopening in March –

One of Cork’s biggest bars is hoping to reopen for outdoor dining in March following optimistic sentiments from Tánaiste Leo Varadkar regarding Q2. The comments from the Tánaiste were made at Tuesday’s briefing announcing an extension of the level five restrictions until March 5. Speaking at the briefing Mr Varadkar said he knew businesses wanted

Northern Ireland question is coming at us like a steam train as centenary looms but who really wants a United – The Irish Sun

IT’S an issue brimming under the stream of news about Covid but which is threatening to become a major ­problem — Northern Ireland. Since new Brexit rules took effect, the North has been thrown into existential crisis. Veteran politicians from the Tories and Labour have sounded the alarm that British unity is under threat. 4

Chinese investments, AIB and Irish life team up and who foots the bill? – The Irish Times

Almost 1,100 Chinese citizens have paid up to ¤1 million each into social housing, nursing home and other projects, making their country the biggest player in a Government cash-for-residency scheme. Barry O’Halloran reports. AIB is in exclusive talks to set up a life and pensions joint venture with Irish Life, as it seeks to boost

Chronic lack of affordable housing driving people into homelessness, Simon report finds – Irish Examiner

The Simon Communities have warned that a persistent and chronic lack of affordable housing supply will continue to drive some people into homelessness. Launching its latest Locked Out report, which looks at the availability of housing for people on rental supports, the Simon Communities found just four properties were available within standard housing assistance payment

Contracts with private firms running Direct Provision should not be renewed – Refugee Council –

CONTRACTS WITH PRIVATE companies running Direct Provision centres should not be renewed in 2021, the Irish Refugee Council has said.  ‘Implementing Alternatives To Direct Provision’ – a report drawn up the Refugee Council and Campbell Tickell housing consultants – has made a number of recommendations about how the Government should transition away from the controversial

'Post-Covid we'll go back to where we were': More than 60% of properties still cost more than HAP limits –

Image: Shutterstock Image: Shutterstock AN ‘AFFORDABILITY CRISIS’ will continue to drive people into homelessness after the pandemic without stronger supports from the State, homeless charity the Simon Communities of Ireland has warned. The charity’s quarterly ‘Locked Out’ report has highlighted the continued shortage of homes across the country for Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) recipients, despite

‘My Irish friends helped me through my hardships’ – The Irish Times

When Tammy Nguyen told her family she had met an Irish man and was moving to Ireland to live with him they were extremely unhappy. Her mother warned that marrying a foreigner would give her a bad reputation while other family members said if the relationship ended, no man would ever want to date her.

‘Horrendously out of proportion’: Residents set against 19-storey apartments – The Irish Times

Plans for a 19-storey tower at the former Player Wills factory site on Dublin’s South Circular Road would be “horrendously out of proportion” with the surrounding two-storey homes, local residents have said. Hundreds of objections are expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála this week against US property group Hines’ plans for the scheme

Cuckoo funds now own 15,500 homes in Ireland after latest €1.75bn splurge –

Cuckoo funds continued to gobble up swathes of the residential property market last year, despite the pandemic, and now own a combined 15,500 homes here. A small number of funds spent a combined €1.75bn in Ireland in 2020 buying residential units, according to analysis by real estate group CBRE. That was down on the record