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Mayo woman sells $1,000,000 worth of scones in just 24 hours

Earlier this month, in just 24 hours, an Irish woman made $1,000,000. And it was all because of a soda bread scone. Mayo-born woman Mary O’Halloran became an overnight success after the famous Humans of New York Instagram account posted about her homemade scones. Since then, Mary has been up to her elbows in flour, […]

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Risks and safety failures: Parents warned about buying cheap, unbranded toys online

Parents have been warned about buying cheap, unbranded toys after an investigation found more than 40pc bought from online marketplaces failed safety tests. Consumer group Which? tested 28 toys bought from Amazon Marketplace, AliExpress, eBay and Wish and found 12 posed a safety risk after failing one or more tests. Investigators found a total of […]

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Council refuses to grant licence for Electric Picnic

Two members of Laois County Council are calling for the Electric Picnic music festival to be cancelled this year amid Covid-19 concerns. The event, which usually takes place in early September, is due to take place from 24 to 26 September this year. Yesterday the Managing Director of Festival Republic, which runs the Electric Picnic, […]

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Britain ‘does not recognise’ €47.5bn Brexit bill – PM’s spokesperson

Britain has said it does not recognise the European Union’s estimate of the overall Brexit settlement cost, and that the total bill remained within the government’s original projections. The EU said on Thursday that Britain is liable to pay €47.5billion to the EU as part of its post-Brexit financial settlement. The figure, contained in the […]

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Higher utility bills and transport costs drive inflation higher – CSO

Consumer prices rose by 1.6% in June on an annual basis on the back of higher electricity, gas and transport prices, new figures from Central Statistics Office show today. The figure for June was marginally lower than the two-year high of 1.7% in May, the CSO said. Prices had fallen on an annual basis during […]

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Indoor dining legislation to go before Dáil next week

A Bill to amend the 1947 Public Health Act to allow vaccinated people eat and drink inside bars and restaurants is being worked on tonight. The legislation is set to go before the Dáil and Seanad next week. The measures in the Bill would effectively expire once the population was vaccinated. The government is hoping […]

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What is the Fair Deal scheme and how does it work?

While there are 677,000 citizens over the age of 66 currently in Ireland, by 2050 there will be 1.8million – and it costs. John Lowe of MoneyDoctors.ie investigates. Caring for our ageing citizens is certainly going to become not just a national pastime but a serious task for these citizens and their families. Top of […]

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Savers pumping extra money into pension plans as pandemic creates €21bn surplus

The pandemic is leading to bumper pension pots. This is because large numbers of people who have built up pandemic savings are pumping some of the extra money into their pensions. Pension advisers say that more than four in 10 people have increased their pension contributions during the pandemic. Pension trustees Independent Trustee Company (ITC), […]

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Vast majority on PUP would be financially better off at work – ESRI

Younger people are more likely to suffer from financial hardship when Covid-19 State supports are ceased, according to new research published by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). In its latest publication, the ESRI also said that the estimated average income loss for households was more than halved as a result of pandemic payments. […]

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