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BY JOHN ELLIS, FINANCIAL ADVISOR DEPOSITS continue to remain at record highs, with €134 billion saved to the end of August 2021. While many households continue to face the real possibility that Covid-19 and the resulting economic turmoil could still leave them under pressure paying their mortgages and everyday expenses, the amount that people have …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST Let’s face it, though popping pills like they’re sweets isn’t a good idea, there are times when painkillers are necessary. Some people are so good at things like meditation and mindfulness they can take almost any level of agony and not let it bother them. If you don’t believe that, look …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY Planning on taking the 31-day Veganuary challenge and going vegan for January but don’t know where to start? Here are some tips to help. A vegan diet will naturally involve lots of vegetable and grains, however, don’t go too heavy on the carbohydrate rich grains as a filler. Also avoid falling into …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON Last week I could have sworn I heard a loud rumbling sound like a chasm opening up in the earth. Put it down to an overactive imagination but it might as well have been the real thing given Pope Francis’ remarks about pets taking the place of children …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS It was a Christmas beyond expectation. My youngest son was home, after more than two years, from New York and brought his girlfriend to meet us. A lovely young woman with fine etiquette, good conversation and a great ability to make herself at home with us and win …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER – 2 PAUL HOPKINS And so Christmas has gone from us, just like we knew it would, and I trust you all had a good and peaceful one. From my window the avenue is still strewn with windows and doors lit up like landing strips, and only God knows the …

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BY ANDREW MCDONALD HYPNOTHERAPIST SOMETIMES you hear people complaining about the “nanny state” when it comes to medication. Somebody can’t get a pill for this or that and instantly they put the blame on the medical profession and/or the government. There are occasions when there may even be a little substance to their protests. The …

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BY CLAIR WHITTY The end of the year can be a good time to reflect on the year gone by and think about any changes you would like to make for the year ahead. This could mean doing something new, or it could be something that you want to stop doing, something that you feel …

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AS I SEE IT BY MARIANNE HERON THE conviction of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell in the dying days of last year suggests that the balance in the outcomes of sex crime trials has shifted in favour of abused women and girls. And so in one sense it has. Maxwell faces up to 65 years in jail …

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THE FACT OF THE MATTER PAUL HOPKINS It’s 2022, and is the coronavirus, new strains and all, at long last being put in its place? After an unimaginable and miserable two years, alternating between lockdowns and new outbreaks, are we beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel? Or see the tunnel at …

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