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Safer Roads for Cyclists

Posted on April 15, 2016

There has been a lot of coverage regarding the Road Safety Authority's report on cyclist casualties in 2012. The report shows that cyclist injuries hit a ten-year high (2002 to 2012) with 630 cyclists being injured on Ireland’s roads. This represents a 59% increase compared to cyclist injuries in 2011.  Below are some of the key findings: 630 cyclists injured in 2012 a ten year high. Over 50% of these injuries were in Dublin Three quarters of cyclists injured in 2012 were male, while...

Why Cheap Car Quotes are NOT Always the Best Option

Posted on February 4, 2016

Why has Car Insurance Increased?  As we all know, car insurance prices have been rising steeply in the last few months. We’ve previously looked at some of the main reasons for this. However it is important that when you are shopping for insurance to make sure you don’t just choose the cheapest quote you find. It’s easy to forget the fact that Quinn Direct and then Setanta Insurance collapsed in recent years. It’s because of Quinn we’re all paying an...

Cars for the Family

Posted on January 25, 2016

In recent years, one of the big changes in the car market has been the dramatic rise in sales of small SUVs which at first look would seem to be achieved at the expense of the MPVs. Cars like the Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Hyundai IX35 and Ford Kuga cars are now the family transport of choice replacing MPVs like the Renault Scenic and Opel Zafira. But what if want to transport larger numbers of people and their luggage? The...

Protecting your Home – House Maintenance

Posted on November 15, 2015

Home Protection Tips  Your home is often your most valuable asset. Whether you're renting or a home owner, protecting your home usually means protecting your pocket. By keeping on top of your home maintenance, it will end up saving you time and money in the long run. Have a look at some of our essential tips for protecting your home.  With fluctuation costs for energy for home heating, many homeowners are turning to wood burning stoves or open fires. Care...

Car Sales are Growing

Posted on November 4, 2015

Car Sales are Growing in Ireland 2014 saw an increase of 30% in new car sales, with an even bigger jump of 51% for light commercial vehicles, as per statistics released in January 2015 by the SIMI. Employment in the industry increased by 4,000 last year. The feed-back received from motor dealers for pre-sales provides similar optimism that consumer confidence continues to strengthen in 2015. The used car market is also thriving and with more cars now being traded for...

Halloween – Safety in the home

Posted on November 3, 2015

Keep your Home Safe this Halloween Halloween dates back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was an important fire festival, celebrated over the 31st October and 1st November. The flames of the fires had to be extinguished and ceremonially re-lit by druids. It was believed that the spirits were thought to revisit and all kinds of ghosts, goblins, witches and demons were believed to be roaming about.  It was celebrated like New Year’s Day in that it carried...

The Impact of Technology on Society

Posted on November 2, 2015

How has technology changed?  An article in the Irish Independent recently noted that "US vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads." It is really amazing how technology has changed in such a short time. Who would have thought we would have instant access to information with the click of a button and thanks to...

Budget 2016

Posted on October 2, 2015

The top items of budget 2016 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have announced the tax and expenditure measures for 2016. Check to see how did you fare out?  USC cuts  Top rate will drop from 7% to 5.5% for people earning in excess of €18,668 and up to €70,044 It will drop from 3.5% to 3% for people earning between €12,012 to €18,688 It will drop from 1.5% to 1% for the €12,012 of income earned.  Home Carer...

How is your driving?

Posted on March 24, 2015

The Celtic Tiger years, allied to European funding, provided significant improvements to the primary routes connecting regions, towns and cities the length and breath of Ireland, with new motorways (including the dreaded tolls),  and enhanced infrastructure which facilitates the movement of goods and services, which in turn attracts external investment and jobs. Since the beginning of the economic downturn, there has been far less money devoted to maintaining roads, particularly country roads, which has resulted in deterioration in many rural...

Does the Leaving Cert Even Matter?

Posted on September 15, 2016

As thousands of students around the country anxiously await their Leaving Cert results, we ask the question. Does it even matter? In 2014, the Journal.ie surveyed people who had already completed the Leaving Cert and asked: Does the Leaving Cert matter? The options were as follows:  Yes, it’s very important No, it’s important in the short term, but not the long term No The results showed that 55% of people felt that it was important in the short term, but not the long-term. (See...