Tuesday 21 August 2018

From boom-time house prices to puppies at work...Top five business stories from 2017

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We take a look back on the most popular business stories from 2017.

1) Raids on main motor insurance providers over alleged cartel activity

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Insurance companies, brokers and representative bodies for the industry were raided in July as part of a probe into alleged price fixing in the motor insurance industry.

Read on: Raids on main motor insurance providers over alleged cartel activity

2) 'I'm exhausted and sick because it was two degrees' - Couples camp in cars for two nights to buy homes

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Lisa O’Connor and Ronan O’Neill were among those who managed to buy a house. Photos: Tony Gavin
 

Sleeping in your car parked next to a stranger for two days is not how most people are introduced to their new neighbours but it was all the rage 15 years ago when the boom was getting boomier. But in February dozens of young couples were elated as they took their first steps on the property ladder by purchasing their first home.

Read on: 'I'm exhausted and sick because it was two degrees' - Couples camp in cars for two nights to buy homes

3) These companies give staff paid time off when they get a puppy

Puppies need time to settle into their new home and bond with their owners. They've probably just been taken from their mothers and introduced to a brand new environment, so there's likely to be a lot of crying. As it turns out, some companies sympathise with this transition and offer what's known as "pawternity leave."

Read on: These companies give staff paid time off when they get a puppy

4) 'We've to move to Abu Dhabi to save for a house in Dublin'

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Teachers Willie Crawford and Diane Bergin are set to pack their bags for jobs in the UAE. Photo: Caroline Quinn
 

They're young, they're teachers and they want to buy a house in Dublin - but they have to leave Ireland do it.

Read on: 'We've to move to Abu Dhabi to save for a house in Dublin'

5) Meet the architect who built a three-bedroom house for his family... for €25,000

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Architect Dominic Stevens at his house that he built for €25,000 in County Leitrim. Photo: James Connolly
 

An Architect, who designed and built his own house nine years ago for 25,000, has said the building has been "very good and enjoyable" to live in with his two teenage children and his wife. Dominic Stevens (52) said the home, in Co Leitrim, which is well insulated and built with a simple timbre frame, has had no problems.

Read on: Meet the architect who built a three-bedroom house for his family... for €25,000

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