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    Little NAMA

    It has been called Little NAMA, a two billion euro fund to buy distressed mortgages from Irish Banks. The proposal is fronted by Not for Profit organisation New Beginning - set up after the property crash to help struggling mortgage holders. It will allow the mortgage holders to walk away from their loans or an option to rent their houses for seven years with an option to buy them out.

    Ross Maguire, Director of New Beginning, joined Sean in studio.


    Wifi and Paddy Cosgrave

    Paddy Cosgrave spoke to Sean this morning on the wifi issues at the Web Summit at the RDS and how having spoken to RDS chief executive Michael Duffy he was left feeling reassured that they will work together to improve it for next years summit.

    He also speaks of the Food Summit was a resounding success.


    Tax Credits and Reliefs

    Whatever the effect of the last week’s budget on your finances was, there are still ways to save on your taxes. Sinead Ryan, consumer journalist with the Herald and the Independent joined Sean in studio to take us though all the available tax reliefs and credits.

    Many people don’t realize they can get back some money they pay in taxes, Sinead Ryan explains.


    Cash Exchange

    Paddy O'Gorman spoke to people who use Cash Exchange shops to sell their goods so as to get a bit of cash when needed. The option is there for them to buy back at a later date. Others he spoke to were planning for Christmas and buying TVs, others were selling jewellery to have other pieces resized.



    Irish Water

    As the controversies engulfing Irish Water continue Environment Minister Alan Kelly is to meet its CEO John Tierney in the next hour. The Minister said last night that John Tierney in his view needs to be “out there more facing the public” and that he would be making that clear to him this morning. Presumably though there will be much more than the lack of media apperances by the CEO on the agenda for todays meeting .

    Paul Melia – Environment correspondent of the Irish Independent joined Sean on the line.


    New Mortgage Rules

    The proposed new mortgage rules that would require aspiring house buyers to raise 20 per cent of the price of a property have been welcomed in some quarters but greeted with horror by others – particularly those in the first time buyer bracket.

    Karen Mulvaney, Managing Director of The Buyer’s Agent, who helps house hunters to find their perfect home and Tony Foley, Senior Lecturer in Economics at DCU’s Business School join Sean in studio.

    But first of all, he speaks to a house hunter, Aoife Clarke, who has reacted to the word of this 20% required deposit.


    Consumer Rights

    From securing compensation for cancelled flights to avoiding penalties when you decide to switch bin company, knowing your rights as a consumer can save you both hassle and money. 

    Conor Brophy has compiled a list of the most valuable, and often least well known, protections afforded to consumers under Irish law.


    Food Brands

    When it comes to food, Irish consumers are home birds. A recent report found six out of the top 10 food brands in Ireland are Irish, beating off global giants like Coca Cola.

    Sinead Ryan, Columnist with the Herald, joined Keelin this morning


    Mortgage Guide

    The number of mortgages being applied for and approved is beginning to recover from historically low levels in line with the gradual pick-up in the economy and the housing market.

    For those thinking of buying Conor Brophy was here with a guide to the mortgage application process.

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