Prices for homes have risen by 2.5 per cent

House prices have increased across the country.

The latest House Price Report shows they rose by 2.5 per cent nationally during the first three months of the year.

While in Dubin prices went up by 2.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2018. report author Ronan Lyons says the cost of a home is also up for the country compared to a year ago.

Prices in Cork city have increased by 1.7 per cent, while they're up 3.1 per cent in Galway and 3.7 per cent in Limerick City year-on-year.

"If we look at the national picture what we see is prices increased in the year to March by a rate of 7.3 per cent. That is still a strong increase but it is a weaker increase than we have seen in the last year and a half or so. So a slight easing off in house price inflation."