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Childcare in Ireland- reaction to Core Funding
Ciara Leahy
Core Funding is the new government model through which childcare funding will be appropriated but its not working for small providers, writes Ciara Leahy.
22 June 2022 Consumer
Childcare in Ireland: hard to find, harder to pay for
Childcare in Ireland, which is ranked among the worst in OECD countries will be the focus of a four-week investigative series. In our first instalment, Ciara Leahy looks at the real-life experience.
25 May 2022 Money Mentor
Money Matters: marriage breakup in farming and agreeing a settlement
Marriage break ups are upsetting regardless of the reason. When there is a farm involved it can be even more concerning. Professional legal advice is essential before any decisions are.
Consumer: Inflation - what are team in Irish Country Living doing to cut costs?
With rising prices at the supermarket till, the petrol pump and on our energy bills, the Irish Country Living team discuss how the increased cost of living is affecting them and what changes they made
25 May 2022 Consumer
Know your holiday rights
Flyers Beware! Knowing your consumer rights is the new holiday essential. The Consumer and Competition Protection Commission (CCPC) has this advice.
18 May 2022 Consumer
Succession: ‘This is not the time to be talking about the farm after I die!’
Many families will try to avoid argument and conflict but there is a cost involved in this type of conformity particularly when it comes to farm succession, writes Paul Keogh.
4 May 2022 News
Mortgages- making the switch
Thinking of switching your mortgage? More people than ever are making the move. Consumer Editor Ciara Leahy explains how and why.
4 May 2022 Consumer
Consumer: watch out for product recalls
With food and product recalls happening every week, consumers need to sit up and take note for their own health and safety, writes Ciara Leahy.
20 April 2022 Consumer
Consumer Watch: are you getting good value with your Easter egg?
How much is that Easter egg packaging costing you? Ciara Leahy breaks down the price of an Easter egg per gram of chocolate, and in some cases, it's coming in three times the amount of a standard bar.
13 April 2022 Consumer
Consumer Watch: important deadline looms for Fair Deal Scheme
Since October 2021, farmers availing of the Fair Deal Scheme can apply for a three-year cap on the assessment of their farm assets, writes Ciara Leahy.
6 April 2022 Consumer
Succession and inheritance: finding a ‘consigliere’
Succession planning is not decided in one family meeting. It is a process that can take a long time to finalise and circumstances change as children get older, writes Paul Keogh.
30 March 2022 Consumer
Consumer Watch: better to be safe than sorry
Make sure your dream holiday doesn’t become a disaster by booking your travel insurance, as soon as you book your flights, writes Ciara Leahy.
30 March 2022 Consumer