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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

New National rent index reveals actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country

The Private Residential Tenancy Board (PRTB) have published the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. Compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and based on the PRTB' s own register of over 277,000 tenancies throughout the State, this Index (available to view here ) reveals the actual rents being paid for rented properties, as distinct from the asking rent which features in other rent reports published by other parties.

Overall, compared to Q1, 2012, there has been a 2 per cent increase in national rents in Q1 2013 – a 2.3 per cent increase in Dublin rents, and a 0.8 per cent increase in rents for outside Dublin. However, rents in Dublin fell in

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

A number of Waterford based companies will be displaying their wares at Bank of Ireland branches across the country for the 8th National Enterprise Week, which takes place from 17th – 24th May. Bank of Ireland business customers and non-customers have been invited once again to ' Show Their Business' at their local branch, to have the opportunity to interact directly with customers and highlight local success stories.

According to Bank of Ireland at the start of National Enterprise Week, new and approved lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has risen by over one quarter in the first three months of 2013, based on year on year figures. Bank of Ireland has already approved over €1 billion since the beginning of the year and is confident that lending for 2013 will exceed its new and increased lending target of €4

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

A number of Waterford based companies will be displaying their wares at Bank of Ireland branches across the country for the 8th National Enterprise Week, which takes place from 17th – 24th May. Bank of Ireland business customers and non-customers have been invited once again to ' Show Their Business' at their local branch, to have the opportunity to interact directly with customers and highlight local success stories.

According to Bank of Ireland at the start of National Enterprise Week, new and approved lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has risen by over one quarter in the first three months of 2013, based on year on year figures. Bank of Ireland has already approved over €1 billion since the beginning of the year and is confident that lending for 2013 will exceed its new and increased lending target of €4

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

New Housing Standards For Landlords

Fiona Ormond

Solicitor with MJ O' Connor Solicitors,

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New Laws have just recently come into force which set out minimum standards to which landlords must comply with for rented housing. The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 set out the minimum standards which apply to all rented properties both existing and new

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

New Housing Standards For Landlords

Fiona Ormond

Solicitor with MJ O' Connor Solicitors,

Confederation House, Cork Road, Waterford. 051 355663 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9 = 'formond' + '@'; addy6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9 = addy6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9 + 'mjoc' + '.' + 'ie'; var addy_text6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9 = 'formond' + '@' + 'mjoc' + '.' + 'ie';document.getElementById('cloak6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9').innerHTML += ''+addy_text6fbdae341e2744b003c235f441f0c5e9+'';

New Laws have just recently come into force which set out minimum standards to which landlords must comply with for rented housing. The Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 set out the minimum standards which apply to all rented properties both existing and new

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Waterford school boy Harry is, in most respects, your average eight year old. He loves nothing more than playing football and playing with his friends. But unlike most 8 year olds, Harry is a lifesaver.

In 2011, Harry' s family welcomed Isabelle, the latest edition to their family and the smallest as she was born premature. Mum, Maria said, "All my children were born premature, so when Isabelle came along at 28 weeks we weren' t surprised and we knew what to expect."

One of the things Maria knew to look out for with premature babies, was a condition known as Apnoea of Prematurity; a condition that causes the baby to stop breathing for 20 seconds or longer. At 8 weeks, Isabelle stopped breathing for the

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Waterford school boy Harry is, in most respects, your average eight year old. He loves nothing more than playing football and playing with his friends. But unlike most 8 year olds, Harry is a lifesaver.

In 2011, Harry' s family welcomed Isabelle, the latest edition to their family and the smallest as she was born premature. Mum, Maria said, "All my children were born premature, so when Isabelle came along at 28 weeks we weren' t surprised and we knew what to expect."

One of the things Maria knew to look out for with premature babies, was a condition known as Apnoea of Prematurity; a condition that causes the baby to stop breathing for 20 seconds or longer. At 8 weeks, Isabelle stopped breathing for the

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Former MTV and RTE presenter Emma Ledden will host the annual FAB Waterford Women in Business Awards, which take place on Friday, May 17th at Dooley' s Hotel.

Emma started her career as a presenter on RTE' s The Den and from there moved to MTV where she interviewed global starts from Beyonce to Britney. After presenting stints on the BBC and TV3, Emma returned to Ireland full time to set up her own business Presenting to Sell and is still a regular face on the red carpet at some of the country' s most prestigious events.

Emma will host the awards, which will be attended by the Mayor, Cllr Jim D' Arcy and leading business women in Waterford, many of whom have been nominated for one of the ten categories and one of the ten winners will then be chosen as

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Former MTV and RTE presenter Emma Ledden will host the annual FAB Waterford Women in Business Awards, which take place on Friday, May 17th at Dooley' s Hotel.

Emma started her career as a presenter on RTE' s The Den and from there moved to MTV where she interviewed global starts from Beyonce to Britney. After presenting stints on the BBC and TV3, Emma returned to Ireland full time to set up her own business Presenting to Sell and is still a regular face on the red carpet at some of the country' s most prestigious events.

Emma will host the awards, which will be attended by the Mayor, Cllr Jim D' Arcy and leading business women in Waterford, many of whom have been nominated for one of the ten categories and one of the ten winners will then be chosen as

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is Financial Repression?

Many investors who fled to safe-haven investments in the wake of stock-market uncertainty have become unwitting victims of government policies known as "financial repression." This global environment of low yields and slow growth, most likely to be followed by a period of moderate inflation, can hurt many asset classes and is unlikely to change anytime soon, which is why it's critical to take action.

All around the world, economic growth has slowed while government debt has ballooned to unsustainably high levels. Financial repression has historically involved a number of government actions to reduce debt, including lowering interest rates, increasing regulations and restricting capital movements, while maintaining inflation. The goal is to create negative real (after-inflation) returns and inflate away public debt by forcing real rates below GDP growth.

There are four factors that are working against

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