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Bin there, done that: lower your charges

Bin there, done that: lower your charges

Like almost every other essential utility, it should be straightforward by now to compare prices for household waste collection and switch to providers offering a cheaper service. However, thanks to a market that has been described by the State‘s consumer watchdog as ‘extremely complex‘ and not working well for consumers, this is far harder than it should be. Last September, […]

Super switcher: Shop around for motor insurance

Super switcher: Shop around for motor insurance

Averil Larke from Celbridge in Kildare is a 54-year-old driver with a clean record and no claims against her, so when her then insurance broker, the AA, quoted her a premium of €968 on a 161 registration Peugeot 308 diesel car, she felt that it was time to look around. “I‘d been with the AA for a long time – […]

Getting your house in order

Getting your house in order

Even though 66pc of the €7.6bn in new mortgages drawn down in 2018 were bought on fixed-rate terms – a huge increase – it still leaves Irish borrowers far behind their EU counterparts. More than eight in 10 mortgages in other countries are fixed, often for much longer terms than we offer, with security of outgoings the main reason for […]

Super switcher: TV & broadband: be brave and ask

Super switcher: TV & broadband: be brave and ask

For Elaine Cassells of Rathfarnham in Dublin, the decision to change TV and broadband provider was a straightforward one. A Virgin Media customer, she noticed that the TV set-top boxes originally provided by the company were developing problems so she needed to make anyway. “One of the boxes we had was slowly dying – every now and again we‘d try […]

Premiums for life insurance have reduced dramatically

Premiums for life insurance have reduced dramatically

Usually when it comes to insurance products, prices only go one way – up. That makes shaving off extra costs difficult as you‘re simply running to stand still each year. However, there is one product where premiums have reduced dramatically and that‘s life insurance, especially when linked to pay off your mortgage. As we all live longer, healthier lives these […]

The Big Tech Show: Irish telecoms exec Declan Ganley on China‘s ‘military-industrial ethos which threatens western security‘

The Big Tech Show: Irish telecoms exec Declan Ganley on China‘s ‘military-industrial ethos which threatens western security‘

In the wake of a Huawei executive arrested for spying in the EU, do western countries face a threat to their national security from Chinese telecom and tech companies? Or is the current controversy over who builds 5G networks being infused with scaremongering and paranoia by US politicians and commentators? Adrian sits down with Declan Ganley, the long-time Irish telecoms […]

Takeover of Flybe by newly-formed group Connect Airways approved by airline‘s board

Takeover of Flybe by newly-formed group Connect Airways approved by airline‘s board

An intensifying cash crunch at ailing UK regional carrier Flybe has seen its board approve a takeover of the airline by a newly-formed group owned by Stobart Group, Virgin Atlantic and US private equity firm Cyrus Capital Partners. The new entity, Connect Airways, will also acquire Dublin-based Stobart Air just prior to completing the purchase of Flybe. Stobart Air, which […]