Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

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Summer fun

Most of us look forward to the summer and the opportunities the finer weather allows. However, getting out and about can eat into our budgets – fuel for summer trips, ticket prices for family days out, or Factor 50 sunscreen to ensure we don’t get burned on the beach. Writing in The Irish Times this week, consumer affairs correspondent Conor Pope offers a range of useful tips to save money this summer, including opting for own brand sunscreen and the best free attractions.

Uber good news

Good news for Uber and its fans – the European Commission has come down on the side of the ride-sharing service, noting that bans and restrictions should be a last resort. Taxi drivers across the continent have staged protests against Uber, while the company has also encountered opposition from taxi firms in Ireland. Irish regulations prevent private cars being used to transport people for money, and so Uber has instead sought to integrate with the taxi market, similar to Hailo.

“We think Ireland is a perfect market for Uber,” country manager Kieran Harte told the Irish Independent. “It would significantly reduce costs for users, address traffic issues in cities and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.”

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Home security

Finally, in this week’s Irish Examiner, Gráinne McGuinness extols the virtues of a good security system for your home which, she says, could save you needless stress and some money. Alarms aren’t the only thing we should invest in, however, with reinforced locks and door frames getting a mention. McGuinness also advises checking out www.burglarybusters.ie, which has a handy home security audit checklist.

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When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money’s editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.

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