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Saturday, 7th September 2013

Leading national property group, Real Estate Alliance (REA) is moving into a new phase of growth with the announcement of a new CEO. Philip Farrell has just been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and his new role will commence this week. REA has been in operation for 10 years and with a 25% increase in size over the last two years currently now has nearly 50 offices operating under its banner across the country.

Mr Farrell, who previously held the position of Business Developer Manager of REA since 2011, replaces Eimer O'Keeffe, who will continue to work with REA as Marketing Manager. Mr. Farrell has 25 years experience in the property sector in Ireland. Philip joined REA in 2011 as Business Development Manager and held the position of acting CEO for a period in 2011. He commenced his career as an

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Saturday, 7th September 2013

Auctioneers have called for the setting up of a dedicated Property Council to oversee the future of the property industry in Ireland.

Pat Davitt, Chief Executive of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) made the call as a major crisis looms in the shortage of rental accommodation, particularly in Dublin. Over the next few weeks thousands of students are set to arrive in the capital and major cities where there is a severe shortfall of accommodation in many areas.

"This is a crisis waiting to erupt with many students being either unable to find or to afford any kind of accommodation in the weeks and months ahead," he said.

Mr Davitt pointed to the recent report by property portal Daft.ie report which showed a massive 43% fall in the number of available properties to rent in Dublin. There were a total

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Saturday, 7th September 2013

Auctioneers have called for the setting up of a dedicated Property Council to oversee the future of the property industry in Ireland.

Pat Davitt, Chief Executive of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) made the call as a major crisis looms in the shortage of rental accommodation, particularly in Dublin. Over the next few weeks thousands of students are set to arrive in the capital and major cities where there is a severe shortfall of accommodation in many areas.

"This is a crisis waiting to erupt with many students being either unable to find or to afford any kind of accommodation in the weeks and months ahead," he said.

Mr Davitt pointed to the recent report by property portal Daft.ie report which showed a massive 43% fall in the number of available properties to rent in Dublin. There were a total

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Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is Best Doctors?

Being diagnosed with a serious or chronic illness can be worrying and have devastating consequences. Getting a second opinion from a medical specialist regarded as best in their field of medicine will substantially allay fears as well as reducing the risk of misdiagnosis.

People with important decisions to make about their health, or their family's health, are likely to have many questions:

- Is my diagnosis right?

- Is my medication right for my condition?

- Is surgery my best option?

- What is the best treatment?

Or they might be undergoing treatment, but their condition is not improving.

Best Doctors can help, by providing access to some of the best minds in medicine to help members get the right answers about their medical condition, diagnosis and treatment – so they have the support they need to make good medical decisions.

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Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Leading national property group, Real Estate Alliance (REA) is moving into a new phase of growth with the announcement of a new CEO. Philip Farrell has just been appointed as Chief Executive Officer and his new role will commence this week. REA has been in operation for 10 years and with a 25% increase in size over the last two years currently now has nearly 50 offices operating under its banner across the country.

Mr Farrell, who previously held the position of Business Developer Manager of REA since 2011, replaces Eimer O'Keeffe, who will continue to work with REA as Marketing Manager. Mr. Farrell has 25 years experience in the property sector in Ireland. Philip joined REA in 2011 as Business Development Manager and held the position of acting CEO for a period in 2011. He commenced his career as an

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Tuesday, 3rd September 2013

Auctioneers have called for the setting up of a dedicated Property Council to oversee the future of the property industry in Ireland.

Pat Davitt, Chief Executive of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (IPAV) made the call as a major crisis looms in the shortage of rental accommodation, particularly in Dublin. Over the next few weeks thousands of students are set to arrive in the capital and major cities where there is a severe shortfall of accommodation in many areas.

"This is a crisis waiting to erupt with many students being either unable to find or to afford any kind of accommodation in the weeks and months ahead," he said.

Mr Davitt pointed to the recent report by property portal Daft.ie report which showed a massive 43% fall in the number of available properties to rent in Dublin. There were a total

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Wednesday, 28th August 2013

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

How important is work experience for students?

The current generation of graduates is suffering most due to minimal employment opportunities. There are steps that graduates can take to improve their suitability as candidates for work.

Increasingly, recruiters are looking for candidates to display practical workplace skills and experience that can be applied directly to a specific industry or market niche. While experience cannot be acquired at the expense of required academic qualifications, the prevailing employer mind-set provides an opportunity for students to enhance their appeal in a competitive market.

As an aspiring graduate, you must never lose sight of your academic goals and what is required to achieve them. This is why sourcing work experience can be difficult when studying, especially for those pursuing qualifications in challenging subjects such as business and finance.

The summer months and the year immediately following

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Wednesday, 28th August 2013

In an AA survey of almost 15,500 people, 28.5% have said that their home has been burgled at some stage. It is probably no surprise that Dublin is worst for burglaries overall, with over 38% saying they have been a victim of this crime at some stage. The CSO found that between 2004 and 2012 burglaries had increased by 22% in the Western Dublin division. However, the North Central division saw a decrease of 11%.

CSO figures have shown an increase in burglaries of over 10% between 2004 and 2012 but it is the commuter counties around Dublin which have seen the greatest increase. These counties include Louth, Laois, Offaly and Kildare. However it is County Meath which has seen the greatest increase in the commuter counties with 40% more burglaries in 2012 than in 2004. This figure was reflected in

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Wednesday, 28th August 2013

It has been reported that rental rates in some parts of the country are increasing, but that is hardly surprising given the enormous direct and indirect taxation levied on landlords.

The landlords' national representative body, the Irish Property Owners Association (IPOA), invented a new verb to describe the situation – to "taxsault". And they said that is precisely what is happening now. "Private landlords cannot be expected to subsidise the rising costs of letting," said the IPOA's Margaret McCormick. "They have to cover their costs including heavy mortgages, try to earn a sustainable income and pay their taxes, just like everyone else. Private landlords are continually seen as easy pickings for the obsessive way in which the Government is seeking to raise revenue – but in the process, they are ignoring fairness and equity."

The latest "taxsault" is the double taxation applying

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Wednesday, 21st August 2013

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

Can I get Cancer Cover for 1 cent a month?

In 2012, Zurich Life launched a stand-alone cancer cover policy available to anyone aged 18 to 60, meeting Zurich's underwriting requirements. It pays out a cash lump sum, if you are diagnosed with cancer during the term of the plan, as defined in the Policy Document. The types of cancer that would ordinarily be covered include breast, prostate, bowel, lung, gynae, testicular and malignant melanoma skin cancer.

Cancer will affect 1 in 3 men and 1 in 4 women at some stage in their life. In Ireland, an average of 30,000 new cases is diagnosed each year. This is expected to rise to over 40,000 per year by 2020. In 2012, cancer accounted for 9 out of 10 of female serious illness claims and over 5 out of 10

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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