Mooney, Wednesday March 26th 2014
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 www.jillkerby.ie.
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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 Peace, Crime 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...
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.