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Consumer Clinic

Programme 6 - Nenagh
This week Eddie travelled to the traditional market town of Nenagh with The Consumer Show Clinic, where he came across a variety of financial and consumer problems.

Some useful tips from Eddie:

  • When you buy a car, remember the following:
    - The seller is liable for the product you have bought.
    - Manufacturer's warranties and guarantees don't take away your rights.
    - In general you are entitled to a replacement or cash refund if the product is defective.
  • Paying a fixed amount to your bills throughout the years balances out the winter highs and summer lows - Credit Unions and An Post offer this bill pay service free of charge.
  • When it comes to funeral costs:
    - If you are a member of a credit union (since before your 70th birthday), you are entitled to an automatic death grant of ¤1,300.
    - A Bereavement Grant of ¤850 is also available from the Department of Social Protection - qualification for this grant is based on PRSI contributions and will be paid to the person who has paid the funeral bill.
  • This week Eddie travelled to Dundalk with The Consumer Show Clinic, where he came across a variety of financial and consumer problems. Dealing with everything from issues of crippling personal debt to faulty goods, Eddie offered practical advice to all who came to see him.

    Some useful tips from Eddie:

    • If you feel you might be on the wrong mobile phone network, check out www.callcosts.ie, a website set up by Comreg (Communications Regulator).
    • If you want to spread your bills across the year, try talking to your local Credit Union who will have a budgeting account to help you pay your bills.
    • If you purchase a faulty product, under the Supply of Goods and Services Act, 1980 you are entitled to a full refund, repair or replacement of the product.

    Eddie and his mobile money clinic will be travelling to NENAGH, TIPPERARY on Saturday 28th April - we're looking for people from the region so if you have something you'd like to talk to Eddie about please call or email us in confidence:

    Sharon Newman, Researcher, The Consumer Show, RTE, Dublin 4
    Tel: 01 2084645 or email: sharon@cocotelevision.ie

    The Consumer Show

    Cereals
    We eat more cereal in Ireland than any other country in Europe - each of us making our way through 8 kilos a year. But according to the latest consumer research many breakfast cereals specifically targeted at children have worryingly high levels of sugar. Together with the help of dietician Aveen Bannon, Keelin finds out what kind of start to the day we are giving our children.

    Cheerios - marketed heavily as a healthy high fibre option - contains 21 grams of sugar per 100 grams. Chocolate rice cereals, including Coco Pops, have between 35 and 36g of sugar, and Kelloggs Frosties had the highest sugar content with 37grams per 100 grams.

    The recommended serving size is 30 grams, but according to research, on average we tend to add 50-65% more to our cereal bowls than the recommended serving.

    Shane Dempsey of the Irish Breakfast Cereal Association argues that the IUNA (Irish Universities Nutritional Alliance) data shows that children consume the recommended portion allowance of 30 grams. However, this survey was conducted in 2003-2004 while more recent research from a Yale University study showed that although children eat the recommended portion size of high fibre cereal, they will eat much more sugary cereal. This is because research indicates that sugar is addictive - the more we eat, the more we want - a sentiment re-iterated by Professor Hilary Hoey, Childhood Obesity Clinic, Tallaght Hospital.

    Keen to test the theories of the two surveys, we ran our own breakfast club with pupils from St Louis. Offering high-fibre and low-sugar cereals to the children on the first day the pupils served themselves the recommended allowance and did not go back for seconds. On the second morning the children were given a choice of the high-sugar cereals. Once again, they were allowed to serve themselves. This time, all 11 came back for more - some of the children had up to four helpings.

    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland is reviewing its code on food and drink advertising to children. If they restrict high sugar food commercials, cereals could be affected. But no matter what the BAI decides, parents will still have to navigate the cereals aisle. Maureen Mulvihill of the Irish Heart Foundation would challenge anyone doing a shop for their family to find clear labelling and is calling for further regulation of the industry.

    Consumer Show Test

    Programme 6
    The Consumer Show always wants to find the best value for money for our viewers. With this in mind, we have invited some well-known "foodies" to give us their feedback some family staples. This week Brent Pope, Brendan O'Carroll and Eunice Power give their thoughts on vegetable soup.

    Programme 2
    The Consumer Show always wants to find the best value for money for our viewers. With this in mind, we have invited some well-known "foodies" to take part in our taste test challenges with some family staples. This week we look at baked beans...

    Programme 4
    The Consumer Show always wants to find the best value for money for our viewers. With this in mind, we have invited some well-known "foodies" to take part in our taste test challenges with some family staples. This week Brendan O'Carroll, Eunice Power & Donal Doherty look at lasagne...

     

     

     

     

     

     

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