What supports are available for first-time buyers? – RTE.ie

It was undoubtedly a week of mixed emotions for prospective first-time buyers. On the one hand, a glimmer of hope came through the clouds of affordability with details announced of the government’s shared equity scheme. Elsewhere, aspirant buyers were left disappointed and angry when news emerged that the bulk of houses in at least two

From virtual to reality: 10 houses that you simply have to see in person – The Irish Times

Celebrate the return of in real-life viewings by making an appointment. But hurry as estate agents’ diaries are filling fast. Monday is the day that home hunters can once again go beyond the hall door. Savvy buyers have already made their appointments, says Marian Finnegan, managing director of SherryFitzGerald. “We’re completely booked out,” she says,

9 key changes to Covid-19 restrictions from Monday – RTE.ie

Covid-19 restrictions are due to ease further from Monday 10 May. Here is a brief summary of the key changes. Travel Intercounty travel for non-essential reasons can return. Owners of stationary mobile homes or caravans can travel to another county to stay in their mobile homes, and caravan parks are permitted to open to facilitate

Taxation of ‘cuckoo funds’ key to deterring block-buying, says Minister – The Irish Times

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien is pressing the Department of Finance to make changes to the tax treatment of investment funds as part of efforts to prevent them block-buying large parts of housing estates. There has been a growing focus on the taxation of so-called cuckoo funds as the Government sustained another bruising day of

News headlines today: Investors snapped up €696m in housing here this year, and child victims of crime can now be named again – Independent.ie

Cuckoo funds are spending €53m a week on new homes, while a record €696m in houses and apartments was snapped up by institutional investors this year. And as child victims of crime can be named in the media again, one mother whose two sons were killed by their father said, ‘It is a victory for

Solicitor faces jail term over €120,000 social welfare fraud – TheJournal.ie

Image: RollingNews.ie Image: RollingNews.ie A SOLICITOR IMPACTED by the effects of the drug Thalidomide who fraudulently claimed over €120,000 in social welfare payments will begin a jail term next week. Herbert Kilcline (60) told gardaí after the fraud came to light that he felt he was entitled to the payments because he had been excluded

Solicitor faces jail term for €120,000 social welfare fraud – BreakingNews.ie

A solicitor impacted by the effects of the drug Thalidomide, who fraudulently claimed over €120,000 in social welfare payments, will begin a jail term next week. Herbert Kilcline (60) told gardaí after the fraud came to light that he felt he was entitled to the payments because he had been excluded from compensatory payments made

Eamon Ryan outlines Government’s commitment to stopping cuckoo funds freezing buyers out of property market – Extra.ie

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has outlined the Government’s commitment to stopping large national or international ‘cuckoo’ investment funds from buying up large quantities of residential properties and freezing local buyers out of the property market. The issue of so-called cuckoo funds buying up large swathes of residential properties, sometimes whole housing estates, has come

Just four city rental properties within HAP limits during March – Galway Bay FM

Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was an average of just four rental properties in the city within the limits for the Housing Assistance Payment during March. That’s according to the latest “Ireland Locked Out” report from housing charity The Simon Communities of Ireland. It found during the month, there was an average of 116

Government to support Soc Dems legislation to stop state deals with cuckoo funds – TheJournal.ie

Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan Image: Sasko Lazarov Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan Image: Sasko Lazarov THE GOVERNMENT WILL support legislation being brought forward by the Social Democrats to end the practice of long-term home leasing deals with cuckoo funds, rather than buying social or affordable homes. The legislation, drafted by Social Democrats