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# Money

All time
Eoin McGee: Survive without takeaway coffee during the lockdown? Here's what we can learn from that and other broken spending habits
Financial planner Eoin McGee has some advice on how to approach your finances as we emerge from lockdown.
Money Diaries: A software engineer in Dublin living with her boyfriend and three flatmates during the shutdown
This week, our reader finds she’s enjoying slowing down while staying at home during the shutdown, and is spending less.
How I Spend my Money: A 55-year-old office administrator from Galway with four children
This week, our reader details the week she spent in early March as Covid-19 became a public health issue in Ireland.
# Bono
U2 are donating €10 million to fund PPE for healthcare workers in Ireland
The money will be spent securing personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.
# Wages
19,000 people close pandemic payment due to claiming it 'in error'
The government says the temporary wage subsidy scheme is not being taxed at the time at which you receive it.
# Banking
Banking institutes warn customers to be 'extra vigilant' of Covid-19 online scams
Figures from the BPFI show €12m was scammed through card fraud alone last year.
# Scam
Warning over increase in fake Euro notes as 'prop money' with value of over €430k seized
The use of fraudulent currency when making purchases is an offence.
How I Spend my Money: A 26-year-old chef in Maynooth who is studying while working
This week, our reader shows how he manages to keep his spending down because he gets his meals at work.
How I Spend My Money: A 30-year-old back living at home and on the dole after over a year travelling
This week, our reader details her spending while on social welfare benefits after taking a year out to travel.
# State funding
Taoiseach: 'We won't ask the taxpayer to bail out the FAI'
Amid debts of around €62 million, the FAI recently asked government for a bailout of €18 million.
# we buy gold
Government drafting legislation to regulate cash for gold shops
There was concern when these shops first opened in Ireland that they were being used by burglars to offload stolen jewellery.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What's the story with RTÉ's finances at the moment?
We take a look at the issues it has been having with its finances, and what it is planning to do about this.
# budget 2020
Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
All will be revealed on Tuesday.
# Donation
Mary Lou McDonald says Englishman who left €1.7m to Sinn Féin was a ‘rebel with a cause’
The man left the money to Sinn Féin in his will.
# caught for cash
'The expenditure is just going up and up and up' - Sligo LGFA appeal for financial support for All-Ireland semi
The Connacht side face Tipperary at Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park on Saturday.
# cash in the kitty
'Disorderly' Brexit a real possibility, says minister as he outlines how much money there is for Budget 2020
The Summer Economic Statement tells us what money we have to spend in October’s Budget.
# Libra
Facebook announces plans for new cryptocurrency to come into operation as early as 2020
Facebook and some two dozen partners released a prototype of Libra as an open source code for developers interested in weaving it into apps, services or businesses/
# Winner winner
There was one winner of last night's Lotto jackpot worth €6.2 million
The winning ticket was sold in the north east of the country.
# carlow arts festival
This transparent piggy bank will be put on a Carlow street - and the money can be used for anything
People will be invited to put money into the pig – and the money can be spent however the community agrees to spend it.
# cashing in
Prize bond fund reaches record amount - and over 200,000 people won last year
In 2018, gross sales reached €574 million and pushed the total value of the fund up to €3.4 billion.
# Extortion
Two people released following arrests in Sligo over illegal money lending
A man, woman and teenage girl were arrested today.
# Global Game
Six Nations considering whopping £500m offer from investors CVC
News of the bid comes on the eve of a crucial World Rugby meeting about the proposed Nations Championship.
# amigo loans
UK Moneylender charging nearly 50% APR opens for business in Ireland
Amigo uses a model whereby a friend or family member acts as a guarantor for the borrower in case they can’t pay the money back.
# Complaint
Artists who wrote letter criticising Abbey Theatre direction 'won't be blacklisted'
That was among the sentiments expressed at an Oireachtas committee meeting today during which the current issues with the Abbey Theatre were discussed.
# Fraud
Romanian gang members flee Ireland despite surrendering passports
They were due back before the courts two months ago.
# Explainer
Credit unions are to be given more freedom to compete with moneylenders, so what would this mean?
It could mean they can offer small loans to people who otherwise mightn’t get credit.
# Explainer
Explainer: How will the liquidation of Qudos impact Irish customers?
The short answer is, we don’t know yet. But here’s what might happen.
# Property Market
The national average rent is €1,122 per month - it's an extra €500 if you want to live in the capital
The average rent in Dublin is now €1,620 per month.
# Money
Floyd Mayweather to fight 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer on New Year's Eve
The format or rules for his meeting with Tenshin Nasukawa have not yet been specified.
# celtic interconnector
European bank to help fund electricity cable linking Ireland and France in light of Brexit
The €1 billion underwater electricity cable linking Ireland and France is expected be finished by 2025/2026.
# decisions decisions
Whatever happened to the carbon tax? It came down to a call between VAT and fuel hikes
Leo Varadkar said the government would ‘grasp the nettle’ and increase carbon tax. Today, it failed to deliver.
# budget 2019
€1.5 billion to go into a Rainy Day Fund
Another €500m is to be added to the fund annually from 2019.
# Cork
Cash and gold coins found during search over €3.5 million fraudulent claims
CAB and gardaí carried out the search.
# Money
Mayweather says '9 figure pay day' and Pacquiao rematch on cards this year
The US star earned an estimated $220 million from the previous fight.
'You don’t have to be male, middle-aged and born into the right family to be rich in Ireland – but it helps'
Journalist Joe O’Shea delved into the world of Ireland’s rich list for a two-part programme due to air this week.
# budget 2019
Welfare increase, carbon tax rise and more take home pay: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019
Speaking during his summer briefing with the media, Leo Varadkar outlined a number of measures being worked on for October’s Budget.
# Dublin Airport
Revenue detector dog Josie helps find €90k in cash that could be connected to criminal activity
The money was found when a UK national in her thirties was searched.
# Wages
Garda management says it may be 'impossible' to afford wages for the rest of the year
The organisation has had to cap overtime to try to control its spending.
# Conservation
Panda conservation is worth billions of dollars a year
A new study looked at pandas and their reserves, and compared them in 1980 to today.
# Social Protection
Government providing €49.5 million for school clothing scheme, up €2.1 million on last year
It is paid at a rate of €125 for children aged 4-11 and €250 for children aged 12 years and over.