“I started looking into getting speculative quotations on a 1.4 litre petrol-engine Toyota Corolla, year 2010”

Nick McGinley left Ireland for two years - when he came back he was treated as a first-time driver

Your calls and texts may cost the same abroad as at home, but beware of your data usage. Photograph: Getty Images

Free to roam from home but data remains a costly holiday extra

Laya Healthcare blames rise on increases in cost and volume of claims from both public and private hospitals

Ryanair customers can now connect on to Air Europa long-haul flights through Madrid

Airline takes first step into long-haul market in partnership with Spain's Air Europa

“What if the attack had happened last weekend when Ariana Grande was in Dublin?” Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Manchester attack will be only topic of conversation among classmates at school today

The third annual Student Attitudes Index indicates  60 per cent of students worry about how much they used their phones, but 80 per cent said they also used the devices for educational purposes.

Student Attitudes Index investigates device use, exercise and feeling on education loans

Remarkably resilient: books seem to have turned the tide against ereaders. Photograph: Iain Masterton/Canopy/Getty

Ebook sales are down, physical-book sales are up. Has the tide turned?

Victoria Wassondela (8), from Carrickmines, at the Africa Day family event in Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph:  Kenneth O’Halloran

Annual festival at Farmleigh featured food, music and a reminder of direct provision

While no Irish staff are impacted by the UK industrial unrest union officials have warned there is likely to be a knock-on effect here as large volumes of deliveries are likely to be delayed. Photograph: Eric Luke

Up to 1,400 workers at UK distribution centres to begin two-week strike

Can a store charge for booking an appointment to try on a wedding dress? Photograph: Alan Betson

Pricewatch reader queries: Bride-to-be asked to pay non-refundable deposit to make appointment.

Irish Film Archive still from Ronson advertisement. It is a hair dryer but  one that comes with a shoulder strap. ‘Apart from a mink coat, what else could a girl want?’

IFI archive saves the old adverts that shaped who we were and who we wanted to be

Photograph: Getty Images

Pricewatch reader queries: Grocery debacle was out of order

The peat briquette has been regarded as the quintessential Irish fuel for decades but is a fairly recent invention. It was developed to meet a lack of coal in the wake of the second World War.

Bord na Móna turning to biomass-based replacement

The woman only realised her €20,000 win was a €200,000 windfall when she came to National Lottery headquarters to cash in her prize.  File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Mother of three says she is planning a sun holiday as she’s never travelled further than Scotland

Managing children’s internet access: CyberSafeIreland chief executive Alex Cooney said,  “The answer lies in education, not prohibition.” Photograph: iStock

Experts say educating children is best way to guard against dangerous online interactions

All prospective landlords really care about is proof wages are being lodged into an account on a regular basis. It might be useful to redact all other information on the statements, particularly account numbers. File photograph: iStockPhoto

People must be clear on how much they can afford - then ignore everything more costly

Economist Ronan Lyons, author of Daft.ie report

On May 1st there were just 1,074 properties for rent in Dublin on Daft.ie, report finds

David Dunne, searching for an apartment. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

David Dunne (29) has been searching for a house-share rental in Dublin for a year

The average cost of renting a home in the Republic has increased by €134 a month over the last year,  a new report on the housing market finds. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Daft.ie survey suggests Simon Coveney’s plan has made the rental situation worse

“Fancier options saw the average price of Easter eggs rise 8 cent to €3.05. With three-quarters of the population treating themselves to at least one, this meant a €3m boost to the  market”

SuperValu and Dunnes are first and second on supermarket league table

In 2009,  discussing the issue of blasphemy and the law, then minister for justice Dermot Ahern said: “As a republican, my personal position is that church and State should be separate.” File photograph: Getty Images

Minister for justice in 2009 said he never had so many outraged emails as on this issue

The latest figures from Retail Ireland show significant deflation and heavy discounting. Photograph: Getty Images

Retail Ireland warns falling prices are putting significant pressure on retailers

Coffee chains are where loyalty schemes are 10 a penny. But they are not all created equal. Photograph: Getty Images

Some of the recommendations we got on various schemes and those worth avoiding

The altercation occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning outside The Wright Venue nightclub in Swords, Dublin. Image: Google Streetview

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to attack at Wright Venue after man taken to Beaumont Hospital

Anya McKenna (7) from Roundwood, Co Wicklow, competes in the Girls’ under-eight freestyle event at the Aldi Community Games in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photograph: Sportsfile

Abbotstown campus plays host to perennial attraction on the Irish sporting calandar

Asked what he would say to God, Stephen Fry replied: “How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Atheist Ireland says it highlights ‘a law that is silly, silencing, and dangerous’

“It is, after all, the Irish way to celebrate the sun - even when it is only delivering the faintest promise of heat - by rushing out into the garden and firing up the barbecue in order to burn some meat.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

Can you use a gas BBQ or is charcoal better? How much cash do you need to spend?

The high-end Dublin grocery store is now selling crickets, mealworms and grasshoppers but as yet no customers have bitten

Restricting gluten may lead to a low intake of wholegrains, associated with cardiovascular benefits. Photograph: Getty Images

Gluten-free market in the Republic is worth about €66 million each year

“The bread I can eat now is better than it used to be, but it will never be the same as actual bread,” says one coeliac. Photograph: iStock

One of the starkest differences between GF food and non-GF is the price

An Post said it gets its delivery boxes from a supplier, and doesn’t check them before shipping. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

An Post delivery box didn’t close properly. Plus: more sneaky supermarket tricks

The landmark case was taken by Dutch anti-piracy company Brein against online store Filmspeler.nl which sells media players which come pre-configured with software and menus to allow users easy access to sports, movie and TV show streams. Photograph: iStock

Dutch company took case against firms selling players allowing easy access to streaming

Image: Screenshot of commerical from IFI Irish Film Archive

Film institute digitises range of commercials from 1960s offering window into State’s past

Tough crowd: results all come from Generation What Europe, a landmark survey taken by nearly a million young people across Europe. Photograph: Frank Miller

Only one group fared worse than the three Ps in survey – no prizes for guessing which

Research shows only a quarter of those aged over 55 are aware of the pension contribution levels being made by their employers. Photograph: iStock

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar open to possible SSIA-style savings scheme

The Carphone Warehouse: “We apologise for the inconvenience . . . due to a misunderstanding by our customer service team.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pricewatch: know your customer rights and remember supermarkets make mistakes

 Supermarkets keep the things you are most likely to put into your shopping trolley as far apart as possible so you have to traverse the shop to get them.   Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Pricewatch: ‘Once we are occupied in their shops, they don’t make it easy for us to leave’

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy attend the 2016 Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. They were married on Saturday  in Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Value of star-studded nuptials to Ashford Castle and Cong likely to be substantially more

Smeg retro: Style apart, this is a fine toaster and has all the functions you might expect.

From top of the range to bargain basement variety – all you need to know about toasters

 Rory McIlroy and  Erica Stoll are marrying today at Ashford Castle, Cong, Co Mayo. File photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Musician Stevie Wonder said to have played Friday night for golf star’s marriage to Erica Stoll

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy will marry in a sleepy  Mayo village on the banks of Lough Corrib. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Exclusive: Irish golfer looks relaxed as he has breakfast at Ashford Castle in Co Mayo

“There is a lot of noise around the topic, whether it is from celebrity advocates such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Novak Djokovic, or chefs, nutritionists and bloggers.” Photograph: iStock

Eighty per cent of people who follow a gluten-free diet are not diagnosed coeliacs

“If your holiday takes you to a big city in Europe, research the public transport options. They will almost certainly be better than anything you are used to in Ireland.” Photograph: Getty Images

Strategies abound for bagging a cheaper time away – without an awful lot of effort

Cudillero fishing village in Asturias.

Hidden gem on Spain’s north coast brings back many memories for Conor Pope

People with annual and monthly bus tickets on Leap Cards will be issued with a refund based on the value of their ticket and the number of days travel lost due to the industrial action. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Annual and monthly bus pass holders to receive refunds after dispute ends, says firm

 If a flight is overbooked, an airline will first call for volunteers to surrender their seats in exchange for agreed benefits.  Photograph: Istock

Passengers who give up seats entitled to lump sum, refund and cost of ticket, regulations say

Erica Stoll and Rory McIlroy of Europe look on during afternoon fourball matches of the 2016 Ryder Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Paparazzi expected to descend on Cong, Co Mayo for the golfers wedding to New Yorker Erica Stoll

A  shopper entering a Tesco outlet in Dublin. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Letters sent to staff who joined pickets at shops where they didn’t work

Tesco: the chocolate was excellent and we ate a lot more of it than strictly speaking necessary.

PriceWatch sinks its teeth into a range of chocolate in the pursuit of value

‘We have made contact with the customer, this issues has now been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’  Photograph: Reuters/Shailesh Andrade

Companies are very fast to set debt collectors onto customers – or former customers

John Carter form Drogheda at an anti-water charges protest in Dublin in 2014. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Company defends payments to all 675 staff for ‘rigorously assessed performance’

Organising an Easter egg hunt one is simply and cheap and fun for everyone. Photograph: iStock

Here are some good ways to keep kids busy that won’t cost the earth

Vincent Browne plans print and digital content for Magill

Magazine became known for its in-depth investigative journalism

 Gardaí at the scene of the shooting of an elderly woman at Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown. Photograph: Collins

Six-year-old great-grandson slept in an upstairs bedroom during incident

Laura Whitmore:  “I’m very much of the mind that you’ve got one life so live it, do everything you can possibly do.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Wicklow TV star is taking to the stage – and says she’s faking it till she makes it

Jim Gannon, SEAI and Paul O’Donnell of Unipipe and the Solar Smart Flower at the Energy Show in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Range of new sustainable green technologies on view at SEAI energy show in Dublin

Denis Naughten says retrofitting “not just about the melting ice caps. This is about money in people’s pockets.” Photograph: iStock

At scheme announcement, Minister for the Environment bemoans Trump-led march of climate change denial

Retailers Against Smuggling says the illegal trade is costing the wider economy up to  €2.4 billion per year. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Gardaí may get power to impose on-the-spot fines on smokers buying illicit cigarettes

Legan, Co Longford has the slowest broadband in the country

Minister promises action to bring 300,000 consumers up to speed by end of next year

The latest edition of the €50 note feels more crisp and firmer than the old.

Banknote is fourth in series and has enhanced features to frustrate counterfeiters

A computer-generated image of the planned open-air theatre in Grand Canal Dock

Permission sought by Harry Crosbie to build Greek-style theatre

Report finds 64 per cent of Irish consumers switched a provider in past year

“We landed in Barcelona, and at passport control I discovered I was missing my niece’s passport, so we couldn’t get through.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Pricewatch: A reader’s holiday turns ‘horrendous’ after passport goes missing

Marks & Spencer: “M&S does many things well, but it does few things better than fruit . . . The per-kilo price of its fruit salad is comparatively cheap.”

Size does matter for M&S, while Tesco’s pot was too tangy and way too expensive

The Luas through Trinity, Trump’s 5-star Liberty Hall and a campaign against seagulls

Allie Cooke, who is moving out of her rental accommodation as it is being sold. “I can’t see myself buying in Dublin any more. I’ve seen prices jump from €170,000 to upwards of €220,000.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Relaxation of lending rules has caused a spike in mortgage approvals and prices

A family of four who have checked in a 15kg  bag each will have to pay €280 to Spain or Italy, on top of their flights. Photograph: Getty

The cost of checking in a bag on some Aer Lingus flights across Europe is climbing to €35 each way

The shoplifting of iPhones is out of control, according to Retail Excellence.

Shop owners have ‘lost faith’ in enforcement and courts, Retail Excellence tells politicians

Milk could soon be in short supply in supermarkets in the winter months, the IFA has warned. Photograph: Getty Images

Supply will ‘soon fail to meet demand’ due to Brexit and low prices paid to producers

Should you read all the terms and conditions or totally ignore them? Or  simply check for key words and phrases that might trip you up? Photograph: iStockphoto

Do you have the cop-on it takes to be among Ireland’s most savvy shoppers?

Of those who switched services, 15 per cent changed their gas or electricity suppliers. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Competition and Consumer Protection Commission says number switching has fallen

‘Significant engagement’ in recent months between Government, Pdforra

Striking Bus Éireann workers outside Busaras in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Bus Éireann strike enters its second day with no talks planned over the weekend

Chairman of Retail Ireland Conor Whelan: “Irish retailers remain optimistic about the future, with the majority having ambitions to develop, invest in and expand their businesses in the next three years.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Retail Ireland report offers strategy for years up to 2020 against backdrop of Brexit

Ryanair has contacted all customers booked to travel on Wednesday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 23rd

Online opps to go down on Wednesday and Thursday

Julia Fietz and Sandra Overbeck look out on a Rainbow in Howth, Co Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Many areas woke up to a light dusting of snow, but that is expected to be the end of it

 President Donald J. Trump accepts a bowl of shamrocks from The Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny during a reception in the East Room of the White House on March 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photograph:  Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Ireland was too slow, too cynical to praise the Taoiseach’s criticism of President Trump

The cost of petrol and diesel is on the rise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motorists could end up spending more than €300 extra on petrol or diesel this year

In the letter to Sky’s managing director in Ireland, the customer said he would cancel his standing order after the next upfront payment, which was due in the middle of October.  Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Pricewatch: Phone calls and 28 days’ notice mean ending TV package can be a challenge

Nichols accepts that spending thousands of euro on a coffin is probably unnecessary

With costs for a basic funeral about €4,000, death is an expensive business

St Patrick’s Day parade grand marshal Annalise Murphy  in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Olympic medallist, Alsatian farmers and a pirate queen all featured in this year’s event

Rosie O’Donnell performs  at the Borgota Hotel Casino & Spa on May 29, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photograph:   Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

The ‘Irish Stand’ movement is gaining momentum ahead of the St Patrick’s Day event in New York

Prices here are 22.5 per cent above the European average. Denmark is again the most expensive country in the EU with prices there 36.8 higher than  average. Photograph: Eric Luke

Republic also has second highest fertility rate – and lowest divorce rate – CSO report finds

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick: Made the ultimate sacrifice. Photograph: PA

Coast Guard helicopter officer joins many men and women who died trying to protect others

Of 6,729 Airbnb listings in Dublin last month, almost 2,700 were for entire homes, while 4,000 were for rooms in accommodation shared by the hosts. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Accommodation service had 6,729 listings in Dublin last month, council committee hears

G-Mach Petrol Push Lawnmower €149.99

Size and brand matter in choosing between old school and newer options

“Have you heard anything about what Three are up to? Changing contracts and making it impossible to then cancel. Any advice?” Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Pricewatch readers: ‘A 20% increase in Three charges – just like that!’

Shop signs: Consumers in the  Republic are  the 6th  most upbeat in Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson

Nielsen and the ESRI tested consumer confidence with different results

Gardaí at the scene where a cyclist was killed on Conyngham Rd Dublin near Phoenix Park in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Man in his 30s killed after collision involving car took place about 2.15pm on Sunday

Sister Kathleen Melia was gagged and repeatedly punched in the face and chest.

Sr Kathleen Melia (70) was closing the convent’s windows when she was punched by masked man

The Three Bears outside the former Point Depot. Image: Google Streetview

Sculptures commissioned by Harry Crosbie likely to be sold as Nama liquidates assets

The European spring summit in Brussels which will focus on election of the European Council President and on Brexit during the two-day summit. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Pan-European organisation calls for consumers to be central to Brexit negotiations

In Dublin, residential property prices climbed by 5.3 per cent in the year to the end of January 2017 and  outside Dublin they rose by 11.3 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Prices up by nearly 50% since early 2013 but still 31.8% lower than 2007 peak, says CSO

A Subway in Drogheda, Co Louth, was served with a closure order by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland last month. File photograph: Katie Collins/PA Wire

Food Safety Authority of Ireland issued five orders in February over health concerns

Watching the detectives? A range of Samsung televisions are among the smart devices which, according to WikiLeaks data, are vulnerable to CIA malware. File photograph: Getty Images

WikiLeaks data dump reveals CIA software capable of using TV as listening device

‘Spending is increasing, as confidence returns and personal saving declines.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The State is now the sixth most confident country in Europe, according to new report

Appsolutely not fabulous: Aer Lingus’s smartphone app doesn’t like apostrophes

Which is a bit problematic when it comes to Irish surnames


You can have it sweet or sharp, but the best – and cheapest – option is to make it yourself

Tesco workers picketing outside Tesco in Artane in February. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Company management and Mandate try to resolve dispute over changes to staff contracts

The European Commission said there was “no loophole by which part of the domestic data allowance could be regarded as gift or side benefit and would therefore not count when traveling abroad.

European Commission says attempts to exploit loopholes would breach EU law

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