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Situation grows desperate for mortgage holders

written by Rachel_McDonald
19.01.10 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Seems like the situation is becoming more desperate for mortgage holders - the Irish Independent predicts an avalanche of repossessions as new figures show that 6400 people stopped paying their mortgages more than a year ago. These homeowners are now almost certain to have their homes repossessed, says Charlie Weston.

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How to survive until pay day

written by Naomi_Richardson

There are two things about January that make me vow every year I will book a sun holiday and just pretend like it's not happening. January is always going to be an unpopular month - it falls after the party month. Call it hangover month. You feel nothing but pain and wish it was all over. It's the adult month to your December child.

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Article 13.01.10 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Running taps has trickle effect on water

written by Naomi_Richardson

Insurance company FBD got a rap over the knuckles for suggesting that householders leave their taps trickling all night in order to prevent their pipes from freezing in a pre-Christmas blog. Dublin City Council said the actions of FBD Insurance were "just not acceptable" when everyone nationwide is being urged to conserve water, the Irish Independent reports.

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Nine new year's resolutions that are worth making

written by Naomi_Richardson

Now that the snow has melted, it feels like Christmas is well and truly over. It seemed to hang on a little longer because of the weather but now the glistening, icing sugar covering is gone, it is back to the dirty, messy reality. (And in my case, very dirty since somehow cattle got into our garden and there are several large, still frozen, cow pats strategically dotted around the lawn).

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Article 11.01.10 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Six ways to get financially fit for 2010

written by Rachel_McDonald

This is going to be the year - the year we finally get on top of our personal finances. Yes, come January we'll all be making similar promises to ourselves but there is a way - and it's not even too painful. There will be no forced selling of unwanted Christmas pressies on eBay (though that's not a bad idea), there will be no flogging the second car or the apartment in Turkey.

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Article 22.12.09 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Broadband deals just got a whole lot better

written by Naomi_Richardson

We've all heard the complaints about slow broadband speed but it seems there is good news coming down the wire faster than you can say upgrade my broadband subscription now. Speeds of up to 120Mbps will be available by August next year according to Chorus ntl/UPC. The company has just announced plans for ultrafast 30Mb fibre power broadband in Ireland beginning on January 4.

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Article 09.12.09 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Save money and score brownie points at school

written by Naomi_Richardson

Here's some good news. We keep hearing about how our classrooms are lagging behind in the technology stakes and while many may go down the traditional route of a cake sale, there is an easier way to help out our children. HomeVision, an Irish company providing telephone, broadband and digital TV, and Promethean, a global-leading manufacturer of interactive classroom technology, have teamed up to offer an innovative programme.

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Article 01.12.09 1 Recommends 1 Comments

New airline could slash costs of transatlantic travel

written by Siobhan_Norton

Transatlantic airfares could drop by 30pc - that's if a proposed new airline poised to take advantage of the current market crises takes off. There is a “two-year window of opportunity” to establish a Dublin-based low-cost carrier on transatlantic routes, according to a report published by Bloxham Stockbrokers. Bloxham aviation analyst Joe Gill said a low-fares transatlantic service would undercut fares offered by flag carriers by 30pc.

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Article 30.11.09 0 Recommends 0 Comments

Christmas comes early for owners of internet firm

written by Siobhan_Norton

Nice to see some positive news for a change this week. Christmas came early for the owners of internet firm Web Reservations International. WRI netted almost $500 million (€335 million) from the company, which was sold last week. US private equity firm Hellman & Friedman bought WRI last Thursday for about $340 million in cash, according to the Sunday Business Post.

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Ireland to become a world leader in broadband

written by Siobhan_Norton

Could it be, could it possibly be true? Ireland to become a world leader in, I can barely say it, broadband? It seems, after months and years of us moaning about how we’re stuck in the digital dark ages, change is gonna come. UPC, trading as Chorus NTL, is planning to launch Europe’s fastest broadband service to 600,000 homes, according to this week’s Sunday Business Post.

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Article 09.11.09 0 Recommends 0 Comments
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