Brokers Ireland Media Updates 2020

Thu Feb 6 2020

A review of Brokers Ireland  industry news and press articles hitting the headlines commencing January 2020:

IRISH EXAMINER – 17th December 2020: Mortgage arrears to show ‘a spike’ when  24,000 struggling to pay are accounted for

RTE – 14th December 2020: Central Bank finds most insurers using differential pricing

BREAKINGNEWS.IE – 14th December 2020: ‘Loyalty penalty’ for customers paying insurance premiums, review finds


BREAKINGNEWS.IE 8th December 2020: Plans for insurance sector reform revealed by Government

KFM Radio 1st December 2020: Interview with Cathie Shannon of Brokers Ireland on the topic of ‘Ghost Brokers’

THE IRISH TIMES 30th November 2020: Beware of ‘ghost brokers’ offering cheap insurance, consumers warned

RTE 30th November 2020: Customers warned to be alert to insurance broker fraudsters

IRISH INDO – 26th November 2020: Central Bank won’t bow to pressure to alter mortgage limits

IRISH INDO – 22nd November 2020: Home loan limbo – the growing number of buyers struggling to get their mortgages 

SUNDAY INDO 20th November 2020 Banks tighten up mortgage lending for ‘at risk’ sectors 

SUNDAY TIMES – 20th November 2020: Central Bank of Ireland abandons investors in no-man’s land of unregulated investments

THE IRISH TIMES – 16th November 2020: Differential pricing may have ‘detrimental effect’, study says 

THE IRISH TIMES – 11th November 2020: Irish mortgage holders still paying more than other Europeans 

LONGFORD LEADER – 08th November 2020: Mortgage switching

THE IRISH TIMES – Saturday – 31st October 2020: Irish homeowners must see rates relief if they make it through Covid turmoil

OFFALY EXPRESS – 29th October 2020: Mortgage brokers want to end Ireland’s ‘in-built culture of not switching’

IRISH INDO -30th October 2020: Two-thirds of borrowers lose out on €10,000 by not switching their mortgage

IRISH INDO – 26th October 2020: ‘Use your tax deadline extension to invest in pension’: advice for thousands who have an extra four weeks to pay

THE IRISH TIMES – 21st October 2020: Deutsche Bank says Irish borrowers face long wait for lower rates

IRISH MIRROR – 15th October 2020: Household borrowing dips dramatically in six months due to ‘substantial shock’ of pandemic

MAYO AND ATHLONE ADVERTISER – 15th October 2020: Lack of competition ensuring mortgage lending rates remain conspicuously high

IRISH INDO – 15th October 2020: Property prices fall for second month in a row as Covid bites

THE IRISH TIMES – 07th October 2020: Irish borrowers will pay €80,000 more on €300,000 mortgage than EU counterparts

BUSINESS POST – 03rd October 2020: It’s time to put pensions back on the table

THE IRISH TIME – 03rd October 2020: AIG names Aidan Connaughton as new Irish head

BUSINESS POST – 04th October 2020: Varadkar: insurers must respond to watchdog’s ‘very serious’ findings

THE IRISH TIMES – 04th October 2020: Hunting for lost mortgage loan agreement after broker closes down

THE IRISH TIMES – 28th September 2020: State ‘should bail out’ troubled homeowners with mortgage assistance payment

THE SUNDAY TIMES – 27th September 2020: Wild one Avant Money rolls in to rev up the mortgage market

THE SUNDAY TIMES – 20th September 2020: Mortgage brokers fear Ulster Bank meltdown as NatWest launches strategic review

RTE – 17th September 2020: CCPC finds alleged ‘anti-competitive co-operation’ among insurance firms

IRISH EXAMINER– 17th September 2020: Insurance body rejects ‘price signalling’ claim

IRISH INDO – 17th September 2020: Home prices fall as State and cuckoos swoop on market

IRISH INDO – 12th September 2020: Plea not to reduce pensions tax relief

RTE – 11th September 2020: Brokers say mortgage holders being ‘fleeced’ as more opt for fixed rates

IRISH INDO – 11th September 2020: Irish mortgage rates more than double the average being charged in Eurozone

IRISH INDO– 09th September 2020: Majority of insurance companies using controversial dual-pricing practices, Central Bank probe finds

IRISH INDO – 28th August 2020: Brokers warned on accuracy of returns to Central Bank

ATHLONE ADVERTISER – 27th August 2020: Brokers Ireland welcomes interruption insurance supervisory framework

Avondhu Press – 20th August 2020: Brokers Ireland calls for mortgage rules to be eased

MEATH CHRONICLE – 19th August 2020: Mortgage rules should be eased, says brokers group

IRISH EXAMINER- 18th August 2020:Fall in property sales in June amid static prices

THE IRISH TIMES – 18th August 2020:Dublin house prices fall 0.7% as Covid-19 puts the brakes on market

THE SUNDAY TIMES – 16th August 2020:Central Bank of Ireland backs 20% rise in staff pension contribution

TIPPERARYLIVE.IE – 07th August 2020: TIPS: Enjoy the staycation but prepare before you go to avoid a nasty shock on your return

THE SUNDAY TIMES– 02nd August 2020: New mortgage rules mean picking up a cheaper home loan has never been easier

ATHLONE ADVERTISER – 30th July 2020: Report reveals long term mortgage arrears showing signs of improvement


Irish mortgage holders continue to pay excessive interest rates

IRISH INDO – 22nd July 2020: Hospitality firms low on overdrafts and cash – Central Bank

RTE – 21th July 2020: Almost half of firms deferring payments to manage cash flow 

EXTRA.IE – 20th July 2020: House prices continue to fall but experts believe now is the time to buy

ANGLO CELT– 15th July 2020: Border region still most affordable for FTBs

RTE– 10th July 2020: Covid restrictions saw mortgage lending decrease to lowest level on record in May

IRISH INDO– 10th July 2020: Mortgage lending hit lowest level on record in May amid Covid-19 lockdown 

SUNDAY INDO – 28th June 2020: Seven things you should know about insurance and Covid-19

MAYO ADVERTISER and ATHLONE ADVERTISER – 25th June 2020: Cautious mortgage lending approach adopted by financial institutions

IRISH INDO – 24th June 2020: Number of people in mortgage arrears rose as lockdown started

IRISH EXAMINER – 17th June 2020: Covid-19 has little impact on house prices but sales fall by more than a third in just one month

THE IRISH TIMES – 17th June 2020: Sharp fall in home sales in April as analysts warn of worse to come

THE IRISH TIMES – 12th June 2020: Consumer lending drops to historic low of €64m in April as economy stalls

RTE – 12th June 2020:40% decline in mortgage lending in April ‘not surprising’

BREAKINGNEWS.IE – 08th June 2020: Central Bank looks to improve licenced moneylending market with new regulations

IRISH EXAMINER-  08th June 2020: Central Bank looks to improve licenced moneylending market with new regulations

SUNDAY INDO – 24th MAy 2020: One in three mortgage brokers warn Covid is putting buyer deposits at risk

IRISH EXAMINER – 14th May 2020: Property  Prices Rise slightly in March but Covid Impact Expected


Mortgage Rates Fall in March but remain more than twice the euro average

Mortgage Rates Fall in March but remain more than twice the euro average

IRISH INDO – Saturday – 08th May 2020: Home buyers paying €220 more a month than Eurozone average 

RTE– 24th April 2020: Most motor insurers agree to give refunds or discount premiums

THEJOURNAL.IE – 24th April 2020: Allianz, AXA, FBD, RSA and Zurich to give relief on car insurance premiums

IRISH EXAMINER – 17th April 2020: Post-Brexit Property Market Recovery Halted by Covid-19

THE IRISH TIMES –  09th April 2020: Three quarters of home-buyers now opting for fixed-rate mortgages

IRISH INDO – 09th April 2020: Little to justify mortgage rates here being so high – brokers

THE SUNDAY TIMES – 29th March 2020: Axa agrees limited compensation for closed shops, offices and surgeries

IRISH EXAMINER & BREAKINGNEWS.IE – 27th March 2020: MORTGAGE Interest Relief Measures

Law360.c0m – 20th March 2020: Irish Insurance Brokers Call For Flexibility Amid Pandemic

INSURANCETIMES.CO.UK20th March 2020: Irish broker representative body calls for government and industry meet to tackle coronavirus concerns

Irish Independent- 19th March 2020: Publicans say insurers are refusing to pay out on ‘business interruption’ claims

The Irish Times- 13th March 2020: Mortgage holders still paying more than European counterparts 

The Irish Times – 13th March 2020: Property Price Growth Acclerates for first time in six months 

The Irish Times – February 26th: Irish Rail may have to suspend Sligo line services due to floods – February 26th: Brokers call for ‘fast-track’ of €1 billion flood relief package 

Irish Examiner – February 15th: Irish homeowners with a €300k mortgage being repaid over 30 years are paying €229 more a month than their euro area counterparts, according to figures released today by the Brokers Ireland group.

Irish Independent – February 15th: To truly solve crisis, we must build more homes, in right areas – and at right price 

Irish Examiner – February 13th: House prices have increased over 80pc from lowest point in 2013 – February 7th: Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters say Brokers Ireland 

Longford Leader – February 7th: Ghost brokers’ are fraudsters say Brokers Ireland 

The Irish Times – February 7th: Met Éireann set to upgrade weather warnings as Storm Ciara approaches

Offaly Express – February 4th: Offaly people warned over ‘fraudster’ insurance brokers

Connacht Telegraph – February 3th: Mayo alert issued over ‘ghost brokers’

Irish Examiner – February 3rd: Gardai Make Another Arrest in ‘Ghost Brokers’ Investigation

Irish Examiner – January 31st: Over Half of Irish households have some sort of debt

Daily Mail – January 29th: Number behind on mortgages still ‘a major concern’

Irish Mirror – January 29th: Seven tips for avoiding accidents while driving on ice or snow in Ireland – January 15th: House prices rise 1.4% in November as Dublin market continues decline

Irish Examiner & – January  15th: Property price rises slowing as supply increases

Irish Independent – January 13th: Homeowners and motorists warned to prepare for Storm Brendan  

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