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Soldiers come home to higher house prices and viral videos of princes living on a prayer

Conor Pope Wed, Nov 27
 
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  • 08:32
    German chancellor Angela Merkel has done a deal with the Social Democrats that calls for a national minimum wage and pledges to increase spending on pensions and infrastructure without raising taxes. More than two months after Dr Merkel won national elections, the agreement was reached shortly before 5am in Berlin today after 17 hours of negotiations. 
  • 08:33
    He was the man the men in charge could not bury. Yesterday, with love and pride, his family laid him to rest. For Tom Gilmartin had done the State some service – and undone some preening servants of the State in the process.
  • 08:35
    Stories you don't want to read this early in the morning number 2,345.

    The health service is in a worse state than you thought.
    Martin Wall has a story today detailing how the HSE has told the Government that in a worst-case scenario its financial deficit for this year could be close to €300 million, significantly higher than previously stated.
  • 09:03
    The European Central Bank has said the Government would need to seek and receive a new round of formal aid from the European Stability Mechanism rescue fund before it could consider buying Irish bonds to stabilise a crisis.
    In remarks to The Irish Times (or Arthur Beesley) ECB executive board member Jörg Asmussen said leaving the bailout without a credit line meant Dublin did not meet conditions for the bank to buy Irish debt under its bond-buying programme.
  • 09:30
    Media outlets have been falling over themselves in recent days to report details of insolvency cases coming before the courts.... The only problem is details are pretty thin on the ground. The latest stab past reporting on insolvency comes from RTE... "The first insolvency case involving a family with mortgage borrowings has come before the courts under the new system established to tackle Ireland's personal debt crisis. RTÉ News has learned that the case came before Trim Circuit Court last week and involved a family in the Leinster area with over €600,000 of borrowings." And that, so far, is pretty much all that we know. No deal has been struck and we have no idea of the level of debt write down there will be.
  • 09:54
    Tweets to strike the fear of God into me:


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  • 10:00
    The Christmas Jumper madness has gone too far now.

    Way, way too far.


  • 10:16
    Channel 4 reporting that the British government has won its legal bid to block the lifting of a secrecy order affecting inquest into death of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko.
  • 10:27
    The Radio Times seems to think that Chris O'Dowd's Emmy for the absolutely brilliant Moone Boye - which is set in Boyle Co Roscommon and stars and almost exclusively Irish cast - in some way "flies the flag for the UK"...

    We beg to differ!

  • 10:41
    Good story from Aoife Carr today about how hard it is for many families to get by in Austere Ireland. 

    "Two-thirds of families with young children say the recession has had a very significant effect on them, with 43 per cent having had to cut back on basics and a quarter finding it very difficult to make ends meet.

    The findings from the Growing Up in Ireland study published today follow in-depth interviews with the families of 11,100 five-year-olds between March and September this year. The families were previously interviewed in 2008 when the children were nine months old and in 2011 when they were three.

    The financial difficulties experienced by families have been both “pervasive and persistent,” according to the study. The number finding it difficult to make ends meet has more than doubled since the families were first interviewed, from 12 per cent in 2008 to 25 per cent this year. Some 67 per cent of families said they had experienced some level of difficulty making ends meet this year. That is up from 61 per cent when their children were three and 43 per cent when they were nine months.

    Of that 67 per cent, 43 per cent said they had to cut back or could not afford the basics, 25 per cent said they were experiencing great difficulties making ends meet, 17 per cent said they were behind with utility bills and 14 per cent were behind in their rent or mortgage."
  • 10:49
    Interested in U2? You'll want to read this from Jim Carroll so.
  • 11:06
    Details of all Rugby World Cup in 2015 have been announced
  • 11:32
    Just wrote this for our website.... but sure you may as well have a looksee first!

    Property prices across the Republic have climbed dramatically over the last 12 months with a national increase of more than 6 per cent recorded and some sectors seeing a bounce of in excess of 18 per cent over the last 12 months.

    According to new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO),  residential property prices nationally  increased by 6.1 per cent in the 12 months to the end of October.  This compares with an increase of 3.6 per cent in September and a decrease of 8.1 per cent recorded in the 12 months to the same month in 2012.

    In Dublin residential property prices grew by 2.3 per cent in October and are now 15.0 per cent higher than they were a year ago, the new figures show.

    Broken down by property type, the figures show that house prices in the capital grew by 2.0 per cent in the month and were 14.6 per cent higher compared to a year earlier.  Apartment prices saw an even bigger bounce and at the end of last month they were 18 per cent higher when compared with the same month of 2012.

    The CSO cautioned that these the apartment figures were based on “low volumes of observed transactions and consequently suffer from greater volatility than other series”.

    The emergence of a two tiered property market is continuing and the pace of growth outside of Dublin is not as significant. The price of residential properties  outside of Dublin rose by 1.5 per cent in October compared with a decrease of 0.9 per cent in October last year .

    House prices in Dublin are now 48 per cent lower than they were at their highest level in early 2007. Apartments in Dublin are 56 per cent off their boom-time peak in February 2007. The fall in the price of properties in the Rest of Ireland is somewhat lower at 47 per cent.

    Overall, the national index is 47 per cent lower than its highest level in 2007.
  • 11:58
    I'm not going to lie, when I heard abou this video I thought it featured Prince. 

    Imagine my disappointment when I watched it and realised it was Prince William.

    To be honest, it's Taylor Swift I'm most morto for.

  • 12:18
    So, this is either funny or a damning indictment of the world in which we live. 

    I can't decide.

  • 12:43
  • 12:46
    Liam Adams, brother of the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, was today sentenced to 16 years in prison for raping and indecently assaulting his daughter Aine when she was aged between four and nine years. He was sentenced to an additional two years on probation. Judge Corinne Philpott imposed the sentence on 58-year Adams, from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast, at Laganside Crown Court in Belfast this mornin
  • 12:47
    Ireland will have one early afternoon kick-off and three 5pm starts to their Pool D matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Joe Schmidt’s side already knew their opponents and where they would face them but confirmation of a schedule and ticket prices came this morning. The cheapest ticket for an Ireland pool game will be €60 for adults, while a ticket for the France game at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium could cost as much as €30
  • 13:19
    Rock stars of the 80s... Just wait until you get to Adam Ant.

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  • 14:41
    There is a solution to every distressed mortgage case, but the homeowner has to engage with the lender, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Dáil.

    He said “there is no point leaving it on the slide because it will not sort itself out”.  He said “a deal has got to be cut in all these cases and that’s 75,000 mortgages have been restructured, 45,000 permanently”.

    He Mr Kenny was responding to Independent TD Seamus Healy who warned that up to 30,000 homeowners faced eviction because they did qualify for insolvency procedures as they had no disposable income and no disposable assets.
  • 15:38
    A young man has been arrested for questioning in connection with the discovery of woman’s body in a house in north Kerry this morning. The body of the woman in her 50s was found shortly after 11am in an upstairs bedroom of her home in Lixnaw near Listowel where she lived with her son.
  • 16:07
    Google has launched its transit service in Ireland so we'll all be able to get directions using public transport . The entire public transport system has been mapped helping people to plan trips across any part of the State.
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  • 16:23
    China has an unrequited lust problem. 

    It is trying to deal with it.
  • 17:06
    Were we talking of lust?

    We were?

    No more of that.

    Or No. More of that. 

    News from Italy has reached us. The Senate there has expelled three-time ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi from Parliament over his tax fraud conviction.
    The vote brings the 77-year-old Berlusconi's legislative run to an end for at least six years, but does not mark the end of his political career.
    He maintained his defiance ahead of the vote, declaring Wednesday a "day of mourning for democracy" before thousands of flag-waving supporters outside his Roman palazzo.

    Bless.

    And on that note, we're off.