Residential property prices rose by almost 5.6% in the second half of 2021 when compared to the first six months of the year, according to survey of auctioneers in the country.

The latest Residential Property Price Barometer of prices, conducted by the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers in association with The Sunday Independent, shows the prices secured by auctioneers as opposed to the original asking prices.

There was a rise of 5.57% across the country in the period, which compares to a rise of 6.35% in the first six months of the year.

According to IPAV's data, the price of a two-bed apartment rose by 4.55% in the second half of the year.

Meanwhile the price of a four-bed, semi-detached house rose by almost 6.2%.

Wexford was the county with the biggest overall rise in prices, at 11.5%.

There was a particularly sharp rise in the price of a four-bed house in that county, with prices within that category up 14.4%.

Meanwhile prices in both Donegal and Westmeath rose by more than 10%.

Dublin 24 saw the biggest price rises in the capital, with an overall increase of 6.84% when compared to June 2021.