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This week's vital property news: House prices 'could rise by 10 per cent'

Everything you need to know in one quick guided tour.

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The Big Movers

Property prices still rising, rising, rising

House prices could rise by as much as 10 per cent across the country this year, according

to analysts at Davy Stockbrokers. The latter part of 2016 saw an acceleration of price increases, and the trend is expected to continue in 2017 as relaxations in Central Bank lending rules begin to have an impact.

Can restoration grants help revive rural Ireland?

The Government is planning to offer cash grants to restore properties in rural areas, according to the Irish Independent. It’s hoped the move will help lure house buyers back into rural towns and villages that have suffered heavily during the recession.

Merrion Square development sparks controversy for Unite

Trade union Unite has been caught up in a war of words over plans for a development at its former HQ on Merrion Square. The union has applied for an exemption from social housing for the building – sparking accusations of “publicity stunt” over its involvement in Apollo House.

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