Irish and UK ferry payments, mortgage approvals and new insurance rules

UK government plans to stop ferry companies operating from UK ports paying below the country’s minimum wage could have implications for Irish Ferries, which is owned by the listed company Irish Continental Group. reports Simon Carswell.

the the number and value of mortgage approvals increased in February that the state’s housing market continues to be driven by strong demand. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details on the latest market data from the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland.

The uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic has current generation family business owners are less likely to relinquish control, and made it harder for the next generation to establish themselves, according to a PwC report. reports Colin Gleeson.

In our article on personal finance, Fiona Reddan takes a look at new rules regarding insurance premiums to prevent loyal customers from being discriminated against and explains their impact on policyholders.

In Q&A, a reader seeking to do ¤30,000 in home improvements wonders if he should complete his mortgage or take out a personal loan. Dominic Coyle offers some advice.

An IMF blog on Monday described the postage impact on global inflation, writes Cantillon.

In her media and marketing column, Laura Slattery looks at Battle of the Streamers at the Oscarswith Apple edging out Netflix.

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