Taxpayers have less than two months to claim taxback

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

There are less than two months to get your tax back for the year 2010 and tax experts at www.taxback.com are advising people that they may be letting go their claim to hundreds of euro in tax refunds for a year that saw some of the bigger tax reliefs still in place. Taxback.com’s average PAYE worker tax refund is €840 and the experts contend that while the tax credit for water charges paid won’t be available until 2016, there is still a long list of tax reliefs available to people that could result in savings of hundreds of euro - but many of these go unclaimed every year either due to a lack of awareness or apathy on the part of the taxpayer.

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Statement of interest can be a trump card

Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Q: Yesterday I attended for interview for a marketing role and felt I did well. I’m a new graduate and it was my first job interview. This morning, I got an email from the employer thanking me for coming along. She asked me to email her back confirming that I am still interested in the position. I am definitely interested, but found this to be an unusual question. Surely the fact that I turned up for the interview shows that I am interested. How should I reply? (LD, email).

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Job searching in today’s job market

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services in association with Social Media Skillnet are hosting a free event to provide valuable advice to anyone searching for a job in today’s market.

The event will examine all areas of the job search but in particular will focus on job searching in today’s job market - what employers want, online job searching, and using social media to help your job search. Guest speakers from local businesses will also be in attendance.

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RDS Gold Medal for local man Owen Killian

Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Drum native Owen Killian

A South Roscommon man has been awarded the RDS Gold Medal for Industry. CEO of Aryzta, Owen Killian, a native of Drum, Co Roscommon, picked up the prestigious award last Friday.

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Search is on for ten seasonal workers at Argos in Athlone this Christmas

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Leading high street retailer Argos is looking for 10 seasonal workers in Athlone to join existing store teams in the run-up to the peak Christmas shopping season. Argos is recruiting 500 seasonal workers in total across the Republic of Ireland for the Christmas period.

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Here to help your business event

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Do you own or manage a small business? Are you thinking of starting a new business? What State assistance is available to you?

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Starting over can bring fresh opportunities

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Retrain? It’s never too late.

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Internet users must switch off to beat addiction, say counsellors

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Internet users must learn to switch off and overcome their online addiction, according to the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).

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Home protection

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Please explain my rights in relation to the protection of my home, my family, and my property against burglars. In the event that I unintentionally injure a burglar whilst defending my home can he sue me for damages?

The Criminal Law (Defence and the Dwelling) Act 2011 (the Act) came into effect on January 13, 2012. This Act explains that homeowners may use reasonable force to defend themselves against intruders unlawfully in their home. The new law also extends these protections to the curtilage of the dwelling, ie the area immediately surrounding or adjacent to the dwelling which is used in conjunction with the dwelling, other than any part of that area that is a public place.

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Burgess department store to host charity fashion show

Thu, Sep 18, 2014

Model Alice wearing Betty Barclay at the announcement that Burgess Department Store will host a charity fashion show in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on Thursday October 8. 
Photo: Ken Byrne

Burgess of Athlone, the Midlands department store, will host a charity fashion show in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel on Wednesday October 8 at 8pm.

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McGorisks officially launch newly refurbished store

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

McGorisks Pharmacies, the Athlone-based pharmacy business, has just completed a refurbishment of its Irishtown store.

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Baby steps to help you through career fog

Fri, Aug 15, 2014

Q: I’ve been doing the same job for the past 25 years - retail sales. I was reared in it and about 15 years ago I inherited the family shop. It’s all I know, and, to be honest, I am very happy doing it. But it’s fairly obvious my business is going downhill in these difficult times and I’m thinking about going before I am shoved, so to speak. But I have no idea what I might do next, and no clue where to start. Any tips - and I mean ‘early-stage’ stuff, not advanced? Baby steps. (DR, email)

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