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Family finance: making your money work for you and your family
Money to invest and paying family members – your finance queries answered by our financial experts Margaret Nolan and Jerry O Neill
3 August 2022 Consumer
Consumer- Back to School costs
Back to school costs including the ‘not-so-voluntary’ contribution fee continue to put parents under pressure, this year more than others, they are really feeling the financial strain, writes Ciara Leahy.
27 July 2022 Consumer
Consumer- five steps to help clear your credit card debt
Last week in Irish Country Living, we give advice on tackling debt. This week, we look more specifically at the credit card.
Consumer- tackling debt
Is it finally time to tackle that mounting debt? piece, Paul Merriman, CEO of askpaul & Pax Financial shares his tips and advice on what you can do to start managing your finances.
20 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare Series - (Part 5) Supports in Sweden
Sweden is one of the best countries in the OECD for childcare and early education. Gerry and Susanna McCarthy talk about the supports put in place when their son Erik was diagnosed with autism.
20 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare Series- (Part 5) The Mama Bear Instinct to get the right supports
In the final week of our childcare series, Ciara Leahy talks to parents of children with additional needs about their experiences of accessing services, at home and abroad.
20 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare series 4/5 (P2)- the right start for children with additional needs
ECCE providers give their everyday experiences on how children with additional needs are supported in the classroom and why the AIM model needs to be better funded and improved, writes Ciara Leahy.
13 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare series 4/5 (P1)- the right start for children with additional needs
The Access and Inclusion Model (AIM), recognised as one of the best models in Europe was introduced to the early education sector in 2016. Underfunding within the sector as a whole has impact.
13 July 2022 Consumer
Finance: will a career break affect my pension?
Margaret Nolan considers the effect a career break may have on your pension.
6 July 2022 Money Mentor
Childcare in rural Ireland- week 2 of a 4 part series
The government has committed to doubling its childcare funding based on 2018 expenditure from €485million to €970million by 2028. Ciara Leahy talks to Minster for Children, Roderic O’Gorman.
6 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare Series p2 and p3- regulation incoming
Childminders give their view on how the registeration process should unfold for the sector, writes Ciara Leahy.
6 July 2022 Consumer
Childcare series p1- childminder sector set to change
Big changes are in the pipeline for childminders as the system is set to be regulated by 2028. In week 3 of childcare series, Ciara Leahy looks at the impact this will have on childminders and parents.
6 July 2022 Consumer