Limerick house prices drop by 13 per cent

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleShock at church robberyNext article40 jobs on way at Bunratty admin NewsLocal NewsLimerick house prices drop by 13 per centBy admin – January 4, 2013 554 center_img Email ASKING prices for Limerick properties plunged by a further 13 per cent in 2012, according to the latest report from property website Figures from the report for the last quarter in 2012 show that the average asking price in the city now stands at €155,000, the lowest of the five cities in Ireland. Asking prices in Waterford stood at €160,000, Galway at €185,000, Cork at €195,000 and Dublin at €236,000. On a more positive note, the average asking price for a three-bedroom semi-detached home in Limerick fell by 35 per cent from peak prices, the lowest price drop in the country as most counties saw prices fall by between 45 and 55 per cent. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Geraldine Leddin of GL Auctioneers in Limerick city believes that the property market may see some light at the end of the tunnel in 2013.She told Limerick Post: “We found that the back end of 2012 was good in terms of sales, people were buying. Maybe this was partly due to the mortgage interest relief being abolished, but there was definitely a buoyancy there that will hopefully continue in 2013. I think sometimes and can tend to portray the negative sides when there are some green shoots.”According to the 2012 report, asking prices in both Limerick city and county are down by over 45 per cent from peak Celtic tiger prices, with the average asking price in the county currently at about €154,000.The Daft report also revealed that 32 per cent of properties in Munster sell within four months.Overall, revealed that asking prices across the country fell by an average of 14.8 per cent, however the number of transactions increased by over 15 per cent.The average asking price nationally was €201,000 in 2012, down 51.5 per cent from peak boom prices.Angela Keegan, managing director of, noted that the moderation in the pace of decline, the increase in the number of transactions during 2012 and the establishment of the Property Price Register were all positives which could be built on.She added: “The varying ‘sale agreed’ times show that a two tier market is emerging, with times equivalent to three months in Limerick, four months in Dublin and 5.5 months in Galway. However the corresponding ‘sale agreed’ times elsewhere are 10.5 months in Munster, nine months in Ulster and Connacht and seven months in Leinster excluding Dublin.” reported that on average, four in ten properties across the country sell within four months, while the total stock of properties on the market nationwide is at 47,000, the lowest level since November 2007. Print Twitterlast_img read more

EDITORIAL: Why they marched

first_imgOn Saturday March 24, millions of Americans marched, ostensibly to demand action from state and federal legislators in implementing more effective gun control laws.The march called, “March for Your Lives,” initiated from the tragic mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. However, the extremely high turn-out to the primary march in Washington DC, and in cities across the country was motivated by reasons other than the need for more effective gun control laws.Marched out of frustrationThousands of Americans, adults and children, marched because they are frustrated. Frustrated because time and time again they have been suckered into electing politicians who steal their votes with empty promises. Politicians who on taking office seem to disappear into an environment oblivious to the demands of voters.Healthcare reformPeople voted in politicians in recent elections to provide them with affordable healthcare. While the Obama administration implemented what turned out to be a contentious healthcare plan, the current set of politicians in the US Congress have neither been able to improve on this plan, nor replace it with one that’s more effective. So, millions of Americans remain without affordable healthcare, and they too marched.Immigration reformPeople also voted in recent elections for politicians who promised to, and whom they believed would, finally address the long, outstanding problem of immigration reform. Today, millions of immigrants from the Caribbean and other countries are living in America in fear of being deported in the absence of clear, definitive immigration laws permitting them to be in the US legally, on or without condition, or force them to leave.It does seem implausible that series of elected politicians in successive administrations over several decades haven’t found consensus on a fair, comprehensive immigration policy, So, millions of Americans remain frustrated without clear immigration directions. Thousands of these people also marched.Federal minimum wageFor decades, millions of Americans have been forced to earn paltry incomes tagged to a federal approved minimum wage that’s far distanced from the reality of the average cost of living. It’s pathetic that America, a nation that boasts of being the richest on Earth, has the lowest hourly federal minimum wage ($7.25) of all western developed countries. Certainly, lower than neighboring Canada where the minimum wage is C$14 or US$10.69. So, thousands of Americans who are frustrated at living below a minimum living wage also marched.Women rightsMillions of American women continue to live in a nation where they are treated to extensive inequalities in pay, benefits, and general working conditions. Millions of women, are also consistently blatantly abused sexually and domestically despite their collective appeal for more stringent laws and punishment to protect them from male  perpetuators. Still, million more single mothers and heads of household struggle to raise families with scant public assistance that could be taken away any day. These women are dreadfully frustrated, and they too marched.Yes, thousands of Americans joined the march for more effective gun court laws, while really marching for myriad underscored reasons on March 24, because of growing, pent up frustrations.Now what?But, after the march, then what? Will they be less frustrated?In former years millions also marched, most notably for civil rights. Some of these marches were considered successful as they did motivate the passage of laws that met the demands of the marchers.Within the last 14-months, Americans have marched for a variety of reasons, including women rights and immigration reform, to little or no avail. So far, elected officials in the US Congress and several state capitols remain oblivious to the demands of the people. Legislators meet, they debate, even draft bills, but repeatedly failed to pass legislation that is sought by  majority of votersSome people, cannot help but wonder if the anticipated magnitude of the March for Life will make any difference.Hopeful profound message was sentIt’s hopeful the march sent a profound message, and will be a key factor that generate effective legislative changes in gun control, and although while not the purpose of the march, in other areas in which Americans are frustrated. And, God forbid, if there is no change after this march, then come November 6, people must march to the voting booth and remove every non-performing elected politician.last_img read more

Tackle box, valuable fishing equipment stolen at LaMarre Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — A fishing tackle box valued at over $3,000 was stolen from a car on Friday evening at LaMarre Park but this wasn’t just any old tackle box.If you’ve been to the Brown Trout Festival, you’ve probably seen the ‘Fish Doctor,’ hoisting up the day’s catch at weigh in. His name is Roger Barc, an avid fisherman known by many throughout the community. He’s been fishing before he could walk. You’ll see a couple of his lines out at LaMarre Park, usually with friends.Roger and his nephew Ernest Butterfield hit the edge of the water on Friday evening around 5:00pm with some folks. The group fished until about 8:45pm. Roger left his 50lb tackle box in his green Jeep, parked about 20ft or so away from where they were fishing. A ramp obstructs the view to the parking area.“We got done fishing,” said Barc. “We came up with the cooler, put the cooler in the truck and I asked my nephew, I said “Where’s my tackle box?”After searching, the conclusion became evident, the tackle box was stolen. Barc left his Jeep unlocked like many do in that area when casting out. It was a shock to the party because Barc and his love for fishing are well-known along the Thunder Bay River.“The idea of it, I mean you’re sitting right here and somebody just comes and steals it out of your car, I mean come on,” said Nephew Ernest Butterfield.The Alpena City Police Department is aware of the situation. A few of the officers even fish with Barc from time to time. The thief or thieves can return the tackle box to Clem’s Bait and Tackle in Alpena with no questions asked. The items in the box represented more than just handy tools for the ‘Fish Doctor.’“People that walk up and take things…they don’t know what they are also taking,” said Barc. “They’re taking memories and stuff you can’t replace.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Police Department, Crime, Equipment, Ernest Butterfield, Family, Fish Doctor, Fishing Tackle Box, LaMarre Park, Lures, Roger Barc, Theft, ThiefContinue ReadingPrevious Team River Fitness shatters canoe racing recordNext What’s Trending for August 13last_img read more