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Home school: converting a cottage ruin on a shoestring

Home school: converting a cottage ruin on a shoestring

When Ray Foley, an environmental officer with An Taisce, started looking for an old cottage he could renovate in Co Clare, he never realised the challenges that lay ahead and what he would end up building. The 36-year-old first came to Clare as a surf-hungry teenager from “a surf-starved” Cork and that area of the…
Kiwi rugby super agent Simon Porter on tackling the changing face of the game

Kiwi rugby super agent Simon Porter on tackling the changing face...

Simon Porter is probably the most influential person in New Zealand rugby you wouldn't recognise if you bumped into at the pub. And, make no mistake, that's just the way he likes it. It's Porter's job to help his clients become the faces of their sports, and the more unobtrusively he goes about it, the…
Global Markets Roar Higher After Powell Spikes The Koolaid

Global Markets Roar Higher After Powell Spikes The Koolaid

"Jay Powell could hardly have delivered his message more clearly, even if doves had been released as he walked to the podium." - SocGen's Kit Juckes After the second best day for the S&P in 2019, which saw the US stock market surge by 2.14%... ... global stocks gained for a third straight day on…
Theresa May heard but did not heed Brexit’s call for a fairer Britain

Theresa May heard but did not heed Brexit’s call for a...

May rolls out the red carpet for Trump, 10 Downing Street. June 5, 2019. | Han Yan/PA. All rights reserved. Announcing that she would step down as Britain’s prime minister on June 7, Theresa May mournfully said, “I have striven to make the United Kingdom a country that works not just for a privileged few,…
Could I save on pension tax by retiring in Portugal?

Could I save on pension tax by retiring in Portugal?

Your questions answered Stock image Q My wife and I are both retired. I have a private pension - plus my State pension. My wife was a public servant and has the appropriate pension - but no State pension. We are both in the PAYE system and paying tax at the higher tax rate on…
Bad timing for banks as regulator hits PTSB with biggest-ever fine

Bad timing for banks as regulator hits PTSB with biggest-ever fine

If you’re a banker, the timing this week of the fine imposed by the Central Bank of Ireland on Permanent TSB – its biggest ever – was unfortunate, to say the least, just as the Department of Finance is mulling a report on lifting pay caps in the sector. The regulator fined PTSB €21 million…
Talk to your partner about money (before it’s too late)

Talk to your partner about money (before it’s too late)

It’s wedding season. From now until September, every stately home hotel in the country will be packed with wedding-goers, couples and gangs of over-excited children in smart shoes. On top of that, mortgage approvals have shown a significant spike. The trade association that represents mortgage lenders, UK Finance, revealed this week that lenders approved almost…
What Does The Fragmented Parliamentary Election Mean For Europe?

What Does The Fragmented Parliamentary Election Mean For Europe?

Posted by Kristina Hooper, Chief Global Market Strategist on May 28, 2019, in Market & Economic Time to read: 5 min All eyes were on Europe this past week. First, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation. Then the European parliamentary elections took place. Here are the key takeaways from a momentous week for…
Central Bank chief urges Government to run budget surpluses

Central Bank chief urges Government to run budget surpluses

The number of people earning €100,000 or more at the Central Bank increased by almost 30 per cent last year, its annual report shows. According to figures published yesterday, a total of 210 staff at the bank were earning more than €100,000 a year, up from 162 in 2017, an increase of almost 30 per…
Numbers earning €100,000 or more at Central Bank rise 30%

Numbers earning €100,000 or more at Central Bank rise 30%

The number of people earning €100,000 or more at the Central Bank increased by almost 30 per cent last year, its annual report shows. According to figures published yesterday, a total of 210 staff at the bank were earning more than €100,000 a year, up from 162 in 2017, an increase of almost 30 per…

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