RTÉ's poor brand rating, income taxes over the past decade, and Tom Hanks and AI

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For the ninth year in a row Ireland’s credit unions finished in first place in the annual customer experience survey carried out by the CX Company but it was not such good news for RTÉ as it was ranked the worst brand in Ireland. Conor Pope has the details.

How much tax have you saved since 2013? Fiona Reddan asks and answers the question as the clock ticks down to Budget 2024.

In our personal finance Q&A, a reader wonders if the costs of “staging” an investment property for sale can be offset against the capital gains tax. Dominic Coyle offers a view. If you’d like to read more about the issues that affect your finances try signing up to On the Money, the weekly newsletter from our personal finance team, which will be issued every Friday to Irish Times subscribers.

In our other Q&A, a reader wonders about the tax implications of their mother distributing the proceeds to her children of an inheritance she received from their father’s cousin. Dominic Coyle works through the likely implications.


In her media column, Laura Slattery ponders the generational divide on paying the TV licence fee. She notes the irony of how those who probably watch television the most (the over 70s) are entitled to a free one while younger people, who are less engaged with linear TV, are chased for payment.

The new iPhone 15 has literally been too hot to handle for some users. Apple needs to act fast to cool the negativity around its newest smartphone model, writes Cantillon.

In Me & My Money, corporate lawyer Yvonne Tchrakian explains how, seeing her mother always having to ask her father for money as a child meant she “never wanted to have to rely on anyone else for money”.

In clear signal of the growing influence of artificial intelligence, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks has warned his Instagram followers that an AI-generated deepfake is being used to promote a dental health plan. Cantillon offers a view.

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