House price inflation, pension fund transparency and military lessons for workplaces

Real estate price inflation is expected to remain at double-digit levels for much of 2022 as the mismatch between what’s for sale and what buyers want continues.

Two new reports on the Irish property market paint a picture of a sector under pressure due to a lack of supply and increased demand driven by Covid-related factors such as remote working. Reporting by Eoin Burke-Kennedy.

Pilita Clark says in his Monday column that the workplace could learn a lot from military practices.

A new one, supported by the regulator cost transparency initiative which will allow pension funds and other asset owners to compare the fees charged by fund managers operating in the Irish market has been compiled by UK analytics firm ClearGlass. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details.

US supporters of a Shannon estuary project liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminalcalled on Kerry advisers to bolster the case for the 650 million euro project before planners make a key decision in September. Arthur Beesley reports.

Conall Bolger, chief executive of the Irish Solar Energy Association, writing in our weekly opinion column, says the Irish are pay more for their electricity than they need and, above all, they pay a lot more for renewable electricity than they should be.

Business and consumer sentiment in Ireland fell as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy. The Bank of Ireland’s latest ‘Economic Pulse’ index, which tracks business and consumer sentiment, fell nearly four points to 84.4 in March and was still trailing at this time last year when the he economy was mired in Covid-related restrictions.

Eoin Burke-Kennedy tells us that we are all, in fact, complicit in the brutal treatment of P&O employees.

With soaring energy prices and growing fears over access to oil and gas, Cliff Taylor, on our Inside Business Podcast, talks to Muireann Lynch, energy economist at ESRI and Gerard Brady, chief economist at Ibec, about the potential impact of EU embargoes on Russian energy supplies. Later, Cliff is joined by Kevin O’Donovan, managing director of Statkraft Ireland and senior vice president of the company’s wind and solar business in Northern Europe. They talk about Statkraft’s Irish offshore wind project, North Irish Sea Array and the future of renewable energy in Ireland.

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