Housing market isn’t playing by the rules

It is difficult to say exactly what is happening to the housing sector – but the market certainly is not behaving as it should. Above is the latest information from the Central Bank regarding lending to Irish households. The red line shows that the total lending for buying a home is continuing to fall. That is partly explained by people paying back loans faster than home buyers are taking new mortgages. Negative equity, the belief that prices could recover further …

10 questions about the end of Microsoft XP support answered

By Will Goodbody, Science & Technology Correspondent @willgoodbody WHAT IS ALL THIS FUSS ABOUT WINDOWS XP? Like most software developers, Microsoft sends out regular updates to its operating systems and other programs. These patch over any vulnerabilities that have emerged, which could allow hackers and viruses backdoor access to the software, and by extension the computer. On April 8th – that’s this day next week – the company will cease sending out updates and providing support services for Windows XP, …