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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Fiona Ormond

Solicitor with MJ O'Connor Solicitors,

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Circuit Court cannot hear appeal where Data Protection Commissioners declines to investigate a complaint

The High Court has upheld the Circuit Court's ruling that in circumstances where the Data Protection Commissioner ("DPC") declines to investigate a complaint on the grounds that it is frivolous or vexatious that such decision

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Tuesday, 28th May 2013

Secondary School Students Called On To Register For Ict ‘Taster' Courses This Summer

Microsoft, the College of Computer Training (CCT) and Fastrack to IT (FIT) today encouraged senior cycle secondary school students in Waterford to register for IT-focused taster courses this summer. Together they are supporting the running of the classes which will be run in CCT on Westmoreland Street in areas such as programming, networking, web design, gaming and operating systems. The courses are free of charge and there will be places for some 300 students.

The courses will comprise of seven separate IT programmes and each course will last between two and three weeks. Each week of the course, there will be four half-days of tuition. The lectures will focus on the real world, practical uses of technology and would suit basic to intermediate level students. Tuition, assessment, materials and

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Tuesday, 21st May 2013

John Smiles

Qualified Financial Advisor

What is financial planning?

Financial planning is about getting to grips with your money to help your goals become a reality. Start by looking at your household budget and your bills. Do you have money left at the end of the month? Are you spending too much on some things and not enough on others? Are there new expenses on the horizon that you haven't prepared for?

Financial planning isn't just about saving and investing. Taking control of your day to day budget and understanding what you spend your money on is probably the most important part of dealing with your personal finances. Until you know what you've got to spend, you can't decide what to spend it on.

Decide on your financial priorities. Are you and your family protected against the unexpected? Most people insure their homes and cars

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

An option is a contract to buy or sell a specific financial product officially known as the option's underlying instrument or underlying interest. For equity options, the underlying instrument is a stock, exchange-traded fund (ETF), or similar product.

The contract itself is very precise. It establishes a specific price, called the strike price, at which the contract may be exercised, or acted upon. It has an expiry date. When an option expires, it no longer has value and no longer exists.

Options come in two varieties, calls and puts, and you can buy or sell either type. You make those choices - whether to buy or sell and whether to choose a call or a put - based on what you want to achieve as an options investor.

What a particular options contract is worth to a buyer or seller is measured by

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

An option is a contract to buy or sell a specific financial product officially known as the option's underlying instrument or underlying interest. For equity options, the underlying instrument is a stock, exchange-traded fund (ETF), or similar product.

The contract itself is very precise. It establishes a specific price, called the strike price, at which the contract may be exercised, or acted upon. It has an expiry date. When an option expires, it no longer has value and no longer exists.

Options come in two varieties, calls and puts, and you can buy or sell either type. You make those choices - whether to buy or sell and whether to choose a call or a put - based on what you want to achieve as an options investor.

What a particular options contract is worth to a buyer or seller is measured by

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Threshold welcomes PRTB Index as "Comprehensive & Accurate Source" of Information for Tenants, Landlords and Government

Threshold, the national housing charity, has welcomed the new rent index published today (08.05.13) by the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) as the most comprehensive and accurate source of data on the private rented market.

The index, which shows rent levels throughout Ireland, is based on data collected from landlords registered with the PRTB. The index published today tracks trends in rent levels since 2007. From now on, the PRTB will publish its rent index on a quarterly basis.

Welcoming the new index, Senator Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold, said it is a valuable source of information for tenants and landlords.

"The publication of this index is a very welcome move. This provides more accurate information on rent levels for the first time," she said. "Up to now,

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

Threshold welcomes PRTB Index as "Comprehensive & Accurate Source" of Information for Tenants, Landlords and Government

Threshold, the national housing charity, has welcomed the new rent index published today (08.05.13) by the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) as the most comprehensive and accurate source of data on the private rented market.

The index, which shows rent levels throughout Ireland, is based on data collected from landlords registered with the PRTB. The index published today tracks trends in rent levels since 2007. From now on, the PRTB will publish its rent index on a quarterly basis.

Welcoming the new index, Senator Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold, said it is a valuable source of information for tenants and landlords.

"The publication of this index is a very welcome move. This provides more accurate information on rent levels for the first time," she said. "Up to now,

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

New National rent index reveals actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country

The Private Residential Tenancy Board (PRTB) have published the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. Compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and based on the PRTB' s own register of over 277,000 tenancies throughout the State, this Index (available to view here ) reveals the actual rents being paid for rented properties, as distinct from the asking rent which features in other rent reports published by other parties.

Overall, compared to Q1, 2012, there has been a 2 per cent increase in national rents in Q1 2013 – a 2.3 per cent increase in Dublin rents, and a 0.8 per cent increase in rents for outside Dublin. However, rents in Dublin fell in

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

New National rent index reveals actual rents being paid for houses and apartments across the country

The Private Residential Tenancy Board (PRTB) have published the most accurate and authoritative rent report of its kind on the private accommodation sector in Ireland. Compiled by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), and based on the PRTB' s own register of over 277,000 tenancies throughout the State, this Index (available to view here ) reveals the actual rents being paid for rented properties, as distinct from the asking rent which features in other rent reports published by other parties.

Overall, compared to Q1, 2012, there has been a 2 per cent increase in national rents in Q1 2013 – a 2.3 per cent increase in Dublin rents, and a 0.8 per cent increase in rents for outside Dublin. However, rents in Dublin fell in

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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

A number of Waterford based companies will be displaying their wares at Bank of Ireland branches across the country for the 8th National Enterprise Week, which takes place from 17th – 24th May. Bank of Ireland business customers and non-customers have been invited once again to ' Show Their Business' at their local branch, to have the opportunity to interact directly with customers and highlight local success stories.

According to Bank of Ireland at the start of National Enterprise Week, new and approved lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has risen by over one quarter in the first three months of 2013, based on year on year figures. Bank of Ireland has already approved over €1 billion since the beginning of the year and is confident that lending for 2013 will exceed its new and increased lending target of €4

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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