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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

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# Your Say
Poll: Is a 'moderate' increase in local property tax justified?
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has moved to allay fears over the tax by insisting any increase will be ‘affordable’ and ‘justified’.
# Under Pressure
Retailers say the rates they have to pay are way too high and it's damaging business
Retail Ireland has called for urgent reform of the rates system.
# Cash OUt
Dublin City Council is facing a €15 million shortfall - and is going after businesses to get it
Those living in social housing will also have to pay €104 more every year to keep their boilers serviced.
# Your Say
Poll: Are Dublin hotel rooms over-priced?
Hotel room rates in the capital in July were up 19% on the previous 12 months.
# Brexit
Warning that Brexit could make roaming charges higher
That’s according to MEP Deirdre Clune, who raised the issue today.
# Education
Primary schools to get a lick of paint with €28 million funding
The Minor Works Grant will be distributed depending on a school’s size.
# rates
Water charges were scrapped in the mid-'90s, but what exactly happened?
Boycotts, disconnections, court orders, and shocking by-elections – it was quite the ride for the Rainbow Coalition.
# Food Fight
Market traders dismiss criticism from local businesses as 'begrudgery'
Des Vallely, the co-director of Irish Village Markets, said that restaurants should focus on the quality and price of their produce, rather than ‘giving out’ about competitors.
# art at home
It's easier than you think to turn an empty building into a creative space
That’s according to the creators of a new ‘one-stop-shop’ DIY guide to creating live/work units in empty spaces.
# Passing the buck
Councils warned not to pass property tax burden onto local businesses
Chambers Ireland issue the call after a Sinn Fein motion in Cork to cut the local property tax.
# rates
No decision made on who will collect commercial water charges under Irish Water
In 2013, water charges that went uncollected amounted to €16,502,532 in Dublin alone.
# Rate Fixing
European banks to be fined up to €1.6 billion each today for rate-fixing
The fines could set EU antitrust records with banks accused of fixing the rate at which they lend to each other.
# Unemployment
Unemployment rate fell to 13.2% in October but it’s still ‘unacceptably high’
This is the first month since May 2009 that the unadjusted Live Register total has been below 400,000 but Joan Burton sounded a note of caution today.
# Back to Work
Over 1,200 employers and 2,400 jobseekers register for JobsPlus scheme
The new initiative that rewards employers for taking on the long term unemployed was launched during the summer.
# Suicide
Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner
Terence Casey says the “plague” of suicides in Kerry has reduced since the late teenager appealed to young people not to take their own lives.
# Ireland
Rates of certain types of skin cancer have increased since 2002
The National Cancer Registry Ireland said that an average of 6,899 cases of invasive skin cancer were diagnosed each year in Ireland between 1994 and 2011.
# SMEs
Chambers Ireland: ‘Targeted rate cuts urgently needed for businesses’
VAT reductions, rate cuts and halving the level of capital gains tax for entrepreneurs would increase consumer confidence say Chambers Ireland.
# Dublin
Sparks fly as Fianna Fáil fail to defer Dublin City Council budget
A Fianna Fáil councillor accused Fine Gael and Labour of voting through a ‘half-baked budget’, while a Labour councillor said that some behaviour was a “publicity stunt”
# Hotels
Events and festivals "boost Irish hotel prices"
The Irish hotel market remains stable, the latest figures show. But what is Ireland’s most expensive destination?
# Barclays
Ex-Barclays chief Bob Diamond criticised over 'highly selective' evidence
Head of British Treasury Select Committee inquiry into Libor scandal is highly critical of Diamond in official report.
Column: HSBC funnelled money for drug kingpins? This isn't surprising.
We’re not surprised any more by unscrupulous behaviour by banks – but HSBC’s actions are as bad as it gets, writes Nick Leeson.
Romney slams 'false' attacks on job record
Romney has angrily blasted what he called “false” attacks on his time at Bain Capital.
# Mortgages
Passing ECB cut on to customers a 'commercial decision for each bank' - Dept of Finance
Tracker mortgage customers will see their rate adjusted as per the ECB change – but what about other mortgage holders?
# Interest Rate
ECB cuts interest rate to record low
Key eurozone interest rate cut by 0.25 per cent.
# Libor
RBS traders fired months ago over rate-fixing - report
Revelation comes after RBS confirmed it is one of the banks being investigated over manipulation of inter-bank lending rates.
# rates
Financial regulator tells banks: Stop raising variable mortgage rates
Matthew Elderfield has told banks that he will take action if they fail to comply with an instruction to stop hiking interest rates on variable rate mortgages.
# US Mail
US Postal Service about to get slower
We may need to send our Christmas cards a day earlier this year as the US Postal Service looks at cutting its delivery days.
# Court
Hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald owes €13k to council
His solicitor told the court he was in “poor financial circumstances”.
# Mortgages
Mortgage holders to be hit with repayment increases as Ulster Bank raises rates
The bank has announced an increase on the standard variable rate by 0.6 per cent, the second rise by Ulster Bank this year which it blamed on higher funding costs.