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A branch of fast-food giant McDonald's is looking for people to rent out their rooms to its staff, in order to expand its workforce.
The reluctance of AIB to restore thousands of people to tracker rates will have to be resolved in the courts.
While the kids are looking forward to eight long weeks of summer, their parents may be dreading the 10 long weeks of summer. It's supposed to be about sun, fun and freedom, but all too often it's stress, expense and worry. This week I'm looking at ways to keep costs down if you're going away on holiday and also lots of completely free - and fun - family activities right here at home.
House prices could rise by 11pc between now and 2020 after a period of dramatic increases and drops never before seen, new research from the ESRI suggests.
BANK of Ireland has apologised after customers were hit with a problem using their debit cards earlier today.
CUSTOMERS of Bank of Ireland have been hit with a problem using their debit cards.
THE reluctance of AIB to restore thousands of people to tracker rates will have to be resolved in the courts.
It has been a very good week on the jobs front. It isn't that often a major global technology firm like Amazon announces 1,000 new jobs for Dublin. And to cap it all, they appear to be higher end, highly skilled jobs, as opposed to those tough tasks Amazon sets its warehouse operatives who have to pick up products quickly - but that is another story.
Storm Emma has been blamed for a rise in the number of people falling behind on mortgage payments in the first three months of the year.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy cannot guarantee affordable homes on State-owned lands will be available this year, despite a funding boost of €50m.
The Central Bank has been accused of failing to protect mortgage holders after it brought in new rules for banks but failed to ban controversial mortgage cash-back offers.
Prices in Ireland are the third highest in the European Union, according to the EU statistical agency Eurostat.
The boss of AIB has complained about how difficult it is to repossess homes when mortgage holders get into arrears.
The Central Bank has been accused of failing to protect mortgage holders after it brought in new rules for banks but failed to ban controversial mortgage cash-back offers.
HUNDREDS of new tracker denial cases have been conceded by a leading lender.
A new property search engine, Perfect Property, has revealed the budget of the average house hunter in Dublin.
Leafy Eglinton Road doesn't so much drip wealth as ooze it. It is quintessential Dublin 4 with its mixture of red-brick villas, semi-d's of a very different kind to the suburban estates on the outskirts of Dublin, and some modest, but expensive properties, at either end.
The number of property millionaires has increased by 20pc in the past 12 months as two €1m properties are sold in Ireland every day.
The award-winning Irish flautist Fiona Kelly is from Cork city. She lived there until she was 18, when she travelled abroad to study music. She has lived for a number of years in London, New York and Sweden before returning to live in London last year.
Q I have just come back from a holiday to the US. While there, I became very ill and had to go to A&E. I was in A&E for just over five hours and during that time I had a CT scan, chest X-ray and other tests and blood tests. The total cost of all those tests came to more than $9,000. I was asked if I would like to stay in the hospital overnight, but declined - and so I was not admitted to hospital as such.
A few years ago, we were treated to two television series which charted the ups and downs of two family-run car salvage yards - Junkyard Empire and Scrappers. Not surprisingly, everything about the operations seemed rough and ready - with the wage bills never guaranteed to be met at the end of the week.
Summertime can be a chance to earn thousands, or indeed tens of thousands, of extra euro thanks to money-making opportunities thrown up by the season. As well as making a big difference to a household's income, some of this extra money can be earned tax-free.
Driving a car is becoming more expensive by the day in this country. The momentum has gone out of the Government's efforts to tackle the motor insurance crisis. That is a real pity, because it coincides with petrol and diesel prices shooting up by the pumps.
The latest Daft.ie Wealth Report shows that - as prices continue to rise - so does Ireland's housing wealth. There were over 800 transactions of at least €1m during 2017 and, by all accounts, there will be even more seven-figure purchases this year.
BUILDING more houses has failed to drive down prices in areas of high demand, startling new figures reveal.
THE global media will shine a spotlight on Ireland's housing and homelessness problem when the Pope (below) visits the Capuchin Day Centre in August. The question for Government is how best to put on a brave face and demonstrate to the world that it has a grip on the problem.
AN investment management company has been fined €443,000 by the Central Bank after it left a client open to cyber fraud.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has sparked fears he will reduce the tax relief on pension contributions in the Budget, after describing the current system as "generous".
Summer is such fun, for adults and kids alike. We all relive our childhood when the warm weather comes and after the recent lovely spell we've had, those who still have their holiday break to look forward to get to enjoy it all over again.
An increasing number of older people are fearful they will not have enough money in their retirement, according to Age Action.
THE head of Permanent TSB has insisted to TDs that lenders need to move quickly to sell off mortgages that are in arrears.
THE pace of property price rises has picked up.
There has been a rise in the number of people who feel they could live a financially comfortable retirement.
The scale of the rental trap facing hard-pressed families is revealed in a new report showing that the vast majority of people do not wish to be tenants.
Even the world's most successful investors admit they sometimes get it wrong. In a recent Time Money article, John Bogle, founder and former CEO of the US investment firm, The Vanguard Group, claimed that one of his biggest mistakes was buying individual stocks for about a dozen years in the 50s and 60s, before he realised he wasn't getting anywhere.
Q: I have a small team of really great employees and all of them go beyond the call of duty in their jobs. Most of them have children of school-going age and there is going to be a rush of people booking holidays for the summer. How do I allocate holidays fairly? Should it be first come, first served? Or should I introduce another system? The last thing I want is to create bad feeling among them.
As house buyers could need a deposit of almost €60,000 to buy a home, saving up a deposit has become one of the biggest challenges facing young people today. First-time buyers typically need a deposit equivalent to a tenth of the value of their home. The average asking price of a home nationwide is almost €250,000, according to Daft - but that rises to almost €590,000 in south county Dublin.
In the hot, stuffy auditorium, we were struggling not to shift in our seats. That's because we were nearing the two-hour mark last Wednesday at my daughter's primary school's annual parental endurance ritual known as 'The Music Recital'. Chirpy child after chirpy child warbled a song or plunked on the piano. Each was a darling in their own way, I assure you. And we parents did maintain enthusiastic applause before and after each one.
The recent severe service disruption to the Visa electronic cards system was a stark reminder of just how much we depend on the plastic in our pockets and purses.
Q: I am 66. Earlier this year, I got my contributory State pension of €214.20 a week. Why have I that amount while my friend, who has never worked, gets €230 a week? My friend says she has got a higher pension because she has a deserted wife allowance. I am separated and worked part-time for most of my life - until now. I was a homemaker from 1982 to 2004. Would I have been better off not working? Claire, Co Cork
The writer and farmer John Connell is the author of the well-known The Cow Book, which was published earlier this year and gives an account of a year on his family farm in Ballinalee, Co Longford.
Entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in our society. Whether providing local services or tackling global challenges, they create jobs, drive economic growth and are the glue that holds our communities together. While Ireland benefits greatly from the 1,200 foreign direct investment companies which have chosen to locate here, I believe that it is our indigenous entrepreneurs who hold the key to Ireland's long-term economic stability.
They have been referred to as the locked-in generation. These are the people who bought houses during the boom, often purchasing a starter home in the hope of moving to more suitable accommodation to meet the needs of growing families.
A generation of tracker mortgage holders who were unable to move because of fears of losing the lucrative rates have been handed a fresh lifeline.
The credit union at the centre of a fraud investigation has ended up spending a huge amount of money probing and rectifying the loss.
Thousands of pensioners will get an early opportunity to unlock money in retirement funds they have been unable to access up to now.
Higher petrol and diesel prices at the pumps have pushed up the rate of inflation.
Suspected financial irregularities at another credit union have been reported to gardaí and the Central Bank.
The controversial sale of distressed loans by banks here has been defended by a senior Central Bank official.
Credit unions are cherished, have a loyal customer base and regularly top the list of the top brands when it comes to customer experience.
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty has indicated she's prepared to examine cutting child benefit for higher earners to pay for childcare for all.
All your questions answered.
Property tax is to increase from next year, with Dublin homeowners continuing to pay vastly more than those in rural Ireland despite government commitments to dramatically overhaul the system.
Q My son has great plans for how he is going to spend the money he received for his first Communion. I, on the other hand, see this as a golden opportunity to help him develop the habit of saving money. Do you have any tips on how to encourage him to start saving? Karen, Balbriggan, Co Dublin
In January 2004, Dublin Bus raised its prices to much grumbling from commuters. It would cost 85c to take the short journey from Trinity College to St Stephen's Green. Today, more than 14 years later, the same journey costs €2.10 - a price rise of 147pc.
The singer-songwriter Cathy Davey was born in Dublin and now lives in Kildare.
It seems that the State-supported Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) is determined to undermine the current system of providing workers with tax relief for investing some of their wages in a pension.
The peak summer travel season will kick off in a few weeks - so if you haven't yet booked your holiday and are hoping to travel in the next three months, you could find it too expensive to do so. Playing by a few rules however could boost your chances of getting a good deal. Getting the best price on flights is a good start.
Consumers are to be hit by price rises from fuel supplier SSE Airtricity and health insurer Laya.
Householders are piling so much money into savings accounts that it has pushed the amount on deposit in banks to an all-time high.
Permanent TSB has begun shortlisting bidders for its controversial sale of €2.2bn of residential mortgages, as the State-backed bank sets its sights on selecting a final deal by mid-summer.
Junior Finance Minister Michael D'Arcy was accused of dropping a bombshell after he appeared to suggest that plans for a special Garda unit to tackle insurance fraud have been abandoned.
THE number of people being approved for a mortgage jumped in April, reversing a fall in the previous month.
Web Summit boss Paddy Cosgrave says that his company is now offering mortgage and rent subsidies to prospective staff due to Dublin housing costs.
Changes are being made to legislation underpinning the Personal Injuries Assessment Board to stop people "gaming" the system.
WORKERS in their late 50s or under will have to wait until they are 68 to claim the State pension as the qualifying age is set to become one of the highest in the world.
Q I am a teacher and I plan to retire this year at the age of 60. I will have about 31 years' service. I will get a pension of about €25,000 and a lump sum of around €75,000. I also did an Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) scheme with Irish Life which is valued at about €70,000. I understand I can use some of this money (€25,000 tax-free) to top up my lump sum to €100,000. My big problem is with what's left over from my AVC - which would be €45,000. I now realise I contributed too much to my AVC when there was no need. If I withdraw the €45,000, it will be taxed at 40pc. What is the wisest option for me now with regards to the €45,000 - that is, should I withdraw it or invest it? I'm green when it comes to investment, shares and so on. Norma, Co Kilkenny
The health insurance market is expanding - there has been another rise in the numbers taking out a plan, insurers are cutting prices and there are hundreds of options to choose from.
After the financial crisis, when management teams talked about corporate spending they mostly meant share buybacks. Growth in traditional investment (the kind that went towards manufacturing, buildings, machinery and so on) declined - and for good reason. Demand just wasn't there to justify the spend.
Fraudsters are tricking Irish people into parting with thousands of euro - sometimes tens of thousands - ,while some Irish businesses have been stung for hundreds of thousands. The growing sophistication of fraudsters mean scams have become harder to spot, and therefore easier to fall for. Technology too is arming conmen with the information they need to create convincing scams.
Noel Cunningham is TV3's showbiz guru and general manager of Harvey's Point Hotel in Donegal. Cunningham, who is from Kilcar in Donegal, is well-known from TV3's Ireland AM. He has also made appearances on TV3's Celebrity Family Fortunes, Celebrity Come Dine with Me: Ireland, and Ultimate Debutante.
My father and mother separated many years ago and she came to live with me. My dad and his partner live in what was my parents’ home. Mum now needs a nursing home. I can’t afford this, and it would need to be under Fair Deal. However, the problem is that the house technically still belongs to Mum and Dad, as they never legally separated and the HSE is saying it has to be included in the costings. But Dad and his partner are avidly refusing this and I’m caught in the middle. What advice can you give?
Returning to work after a baby is a bittersweet time, and difficult for a mum juggling the guilt of leaving their newborn with (maybe) the relief of being among adults again. So imagine the added challenge when you've been out of the workforce for years on a career break, concerned your skills are so out of date you'll be useless.
A State-supported think-tank has questioned the level of tax relief given to people for saving for a pension.
Customers with poor credit histories will be charged more than people who have always paid their bills promptly, as "personalised pricing" is introduced in Ireland for the first time.
CREDIT card provider Avantcard is to introduce tiered interest rates, with those with poor credit histories being charged more than people who pay their bills promptly.
It could be the perfect home for fans of flat-pack furniture - but these unfurnished one-bed apartments in Finglas will cost you €1,550 a month.
Rising rents and house prices in Ireland need close monitoring, Moody's has warned, but there is no sign yet that the economy is overheating.
Most people who have health insurance are overpaying because of their failure to switch provider to get a better deal, insurance experts said.
Financial literacy among adults is very poor, and we should take no solace from the fact that Ireland is no better or worse than other countries.
Roisin Shortall is a Social Democrats TD for Dublin North West. She was first elected to the Dail in 1992. She co-founded the Social Democrats in July 2015.
One of Ireland's biggest estate agents, Lisney, has moved to expand its operations and its offering with the acquisition of Morrissey's, a long-standing market leader in the pub, restaurant and hotel property market, .
Slow down and achieve more
Travelling for work can be a bit of a drag - unless you're Tom Connery that is. For most of us, coming home from a work trip normally involves a wait for the bags, a queue at passport control and dragging your cases to the airport taxi rank.
Marlet Property, the group run by developer Pat Crean, has secured a €115m facility from Deutsche Bank to fund a major development in Dublin's Silicon Docks.
Airbnb is one of the original disruptors. It basically disrupted the hotel and professional hospitality industry by providing a cheaper alternative using the so-called sharing economy.