The SSIA scheme came along just when it was no longer needed and helped fuel some of the subsequent over-reaching for which so many people are still paying such a heavy price

I took out a government SSIA equity savings account with Eagle Star in April 2002. At maturity of this account in 2007 I left the capital in as an in(...)

There is provision for tax relief on the costs of homecare but the key thing is who is paying it

My mum has dementia but luckily is still living at home. She has a combination of home help hours funded through the HSE, time spent with her by mysel(...)

DNG said it expected prices expected to rise by 5-10 per cent this year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /Irish Times

The average cost of a house in the capital now stands at €375,630, according to estate agent DNG.In its latest price gauge report, the group blamed t(...)

Are the self-employed entitled to unemployment benefit or the State pension?

Can you advise the best course of action for a young person starting out as self-employed. My son is hoping to become self-employed in the near future(...)

The euro: on the slide.  Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

When the euro/sterling rate was 85p, I purchased shares in sterling. Now the rate is 73p. If I sell now and invest further in sterling without realisi(...)

The reason most Standard Life shareholders will put 100 per cent of their return of value towards an assessment of liability for capital gains tax is because most received those shares (including the bonus shares) for nothing.    Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Would you advise transferring savings (which come from earnings in Northern Ireland) to euro to take advantage of the current favourable exchange rate(...)

The average Standard Life shareholder has around 675 shares and will have a return of capital of around €675, so capital gains tax should not apply for most. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

I am entitled to a return of value (worth around €400) on Standard Life shares and need to elect whether it is taxed as income or capital gains. I wor(...)

Street entertainment at the announcement of the Telecom Eireann share offer price and allocation in Dublin in 1999. Photograph: Eric Luke

My wife and I both purchased shares in the Telecom Éireann flotation and, while we both sold some of these soon afterwards, we did retain some of the (...)

Thierry Lepaon, the leader of France’s biggest union CGT
Le union perks

When many of their members were losing their incomes in the crash, some of Ireland’s top union officials took no shortage of flak, occasionally unfair(...)

France’s president Francois Hollande smiles during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

France’s cash-strapped government was attacked from left and right today over plans to cut family benefit payouts by tying them for the first time in (...)