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Ten things women need to know about pensions

2nd October 2017

Women get a raw deal on pensions. Fewer of them work outside the home, and they often get paid less when they do take up paid employment. Many work only part-time. All this means that the gender pay gap feeds into the pension issue. So when they get to retire they typically have a third […]

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Ten things women need to know about pensions

2nd October 2017

Women get a raw deal on pensions. Fewer of them work outside the home, and they often get paid less when they do take up paid employment. Many work only part-time. All this means that the gender pay gap feeds into the pension issue. So when they get to retire they typically have a third […]

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Supporting female entrepreneurship benefits everyone

2nd October 2017

When women play a smaller role in growing the economy, we all lose out. Women make up 50pc of the population and the female employment rate is more than 55pc. Yet until a few years ago, female-led companies comprised 7pc of Enterprise Ireland’s High-Potential Startups group, just like the international average. Fewer female entrepreneurs meant […]

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Women fear they won’t have enough to fund retirement

29th September 2017

Large numbers of women are worried they will not have enough money when they retire, with fewer men concerned about a funds shortfall. Most women are unsure of how much they will need for a comfortable retirement, according to research from pensions provider Aviva. It showed a huge gender gap in Ireland when it comes […]

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Jobless figure lowest since 2008

29th September 2017

Over 48,000 unemployed people got jobs in the last year as the number of people out of work plummeted to its lowest point in nine years. There are now 2,063,000 people in employment as the rate of joblessness fell for the 20th time in a row, according to new official figures. There are now 136,700 […]

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Reprieve for ‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme on cards after backing

29th September 2017

Moves by Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to scrap the ‘Help-to-Buy’ scheme may be in doubt after the State-backed lender charged with ramping up house building endorsed the policy. It provides tax breaks of up to €20,000 for first-time home buyers. Last year’s loosening of Central Bank mortgage rules and the launch of Help-to-Buy gave builders […]

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Brexit transition period could last up to four years – Coveney

28th September 2017

A post Brexit transition period could last up to four years, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said. Mr Coveney said the longer the transition period the better from an Irish perspective, but that it “can’t go on forever”. “I think when we get to the point of negotiating and debating a transition arrangement, which […]

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Brexit transition period could last up to four years – Coveney

28th September 2017

A post Brexit transition period could last up to four years, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney has said. Mr Coveney said the longer the transition period the better from an Irish perspective, but that it “can’t go on forever”. “I think when we get to the point of negotiating and debating a transition arrangement, which […]

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Those who opt for the scheme will lose ownership of their homes, but won’t have to move

28th September 2017

The enhanced mortgage-to-rent scheme launched by mortgage campaigner David Hall offers hope to thousands of families trapped in an arrears nightmare. The scheme enables a housing body take over the ownership of homes where mortgage holders are deep in arrears, with no prospect of getting back on track. How does it work? David Hall, of […]

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‘Fast-track’ plans for over 2,000 homes hit by delays

28th September 2017

Housing minister Eoghan Murphy’s hope that the Government’s ‘fast-track’ planning application system for large-scale housing developments would speed up the delivery of new homes has been dealt an early blow. An examination by the Irish Independent of the pre-planning requests received by An Bord Pleanála to date shows that at least five applications for developments […]

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