Mooney, Wednesday March 26th 2014

On Mooney today...

On Mooney today...

Personal Finance columnist Jill Kerby will be in studio with advice on what to do with the property you invested in during the good times. An Irishwoman abroad gives Derek a glimpse behind the curtain at life in Russia. And Brenda Donohue revisits the happy story of a young man who has grown up between two cultures – his birth place in Romania and his adoptive home in Mayo...

Derek's Telly Picks

Derek chats to Brenda Donohue about his favourite TV shows: 'Off Their Rockers' (which was on last night), and Channel 4's 'First Dates', which is on tonight...

Jill Kerby

Jill Kerby

If you're lucky enough to own property in Ireland that isn't in negative equity, good for you. If you’ve a number of properties and you’re not too bothered about the second homes tax and water charges, better still. Your investment here may well provide you with a nest egg in retirement or you might have a nice little inheritance for someone close to you.

Now, what if you own property abroad. Many Irish people were forced to emigrate to the United States or Britian in the 70's and 80's and returned to live here in the boom years. Some may have cashed in on foreign assets upon moving back home, but many others might have held onto their investments.

Jill Kerby is a Personal Finance columnist with The Sunday Times. And Jill has been receiving letters recently from Irish people who are experiencing problems with foreign based investments – property, stocks and shares, bonds, even life assurance policies. And she's got bad news for people who lived and worked in the US with a Green Card... She joins Derek in studio today to explain why...

For more information about Jill, and read some of her articles, visit

Mooney's Money

We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!

For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:

Wednesday, March 26th 2014

True or false: Vladimir Putin is President of Russia?

If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:

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text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)

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Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.

Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (26/03/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.


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1 x Mooney's Money prize winners will win a €1,000 cash prize. (All cash prizes issued to the winner by euro cheque, made payable to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery).

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Eurovision Green Room Party

Eurovision Green Room Party

Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.

If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.

  • Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
  • All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
  • There is no cash alternative to this prize.
  • Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
  • Usual RTE terms and conditions apply.

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love

It's the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area and spanning nine time zones from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia.

Russia is nothing if not epic in size. Its' history is epic - from the czars, through the Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, gulags and glasnost. Russian stories are epic - like War And PeaceCrime And Punishment and the amazing Doctor Zhivago. The word 'epic' also springs to mind when we think of Russian composers: Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and the great Tchaikovsky.

In the west, Russian people have long been stereotyped as harsh, aggressive, even dour - from the baddies in From Russia With Love to Indiana Jones to Rocky...

But are those stereotypes accurate? To find out more, we're joined from Moscow by Grace Cuddihy, an Irish journalist who has now settled in the Russian capital...

Romanian Adoption

Two years ago on Mooney, our reporter Brenda Donohue interviewed a mother and son, Geraldine and Bryan Minton from Ballinasloe.  Now Geraldine had adopted Bryan from Romania in 1991. 

Brenda Donohue with Bryan Minton and his family

If you cast you mind back to the early 1990s, you will probably remember being moved to tears by TV pictures of Romanian children living in orphanages. Bryan would have ended up in a state orphanage but for the intervention of Geraldine and her husband Dennis.

It was an extraordinary story, and one that brought a huge amount of reaction.

Two years on and Bryan, now a multimedia student in Athlone IT, has been finding out more about himself and his extended family in Romania. Brenda went to Athlone to meet them again.


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