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Allianz and Donogh O'Malley

We wish to add context and an alternative perspective to Professor Ferriter’s opinion piece published by the Irish Times on Saturday May 4th 2019. The overall argument presented by Prof. Ferriter is that Allianz is guilty of ‘profiteering’ from Minister Donagh O’Malley’s decision to introduce free second level education in 1966 and is engaging in an ‘act of monumental of hypocrisy’.

From an historical context, it is important to understand that since 1902 Allianz has been the leading insurer of schools across Ireland. O’Malley’s courageous 1966 decision resulted in the rapid growth of schools, the recruitment and train...

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First Time Drivers: Advice for Mam and Dad

For young first-time drivers, car insurance can be frustrating and often costly to organize. High-risk factors such as age, limited driving experience, and no previous insurance can drive up premium prices.

One way to help reduce these costs is to add first-time drivers to the parent’s policy. The insurance premium is likely to increase but it’s likely to be less costly than the young driver getting a policy in their own name. Plus, they start to earn named driving experience. This will stand to them when they go to purchase insurance in their own name as they will have a better chance of obtaining a reasonable quote.

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12 Great Irish Drives: Explore the Glacial Fjords at the Inishowen Peninsula

For summer 2019, we are partnering with the Journal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson spins through gorse-lined roads and rugged beauty along the Inishowen Peninsula.

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Name: The Inishowen Peninsula – see a map of the full route here.

Where: County Donegal, once the forgotten county, the Inishowen Peninsula is a jewel in the driving crown.

The route: From Derry city, past the sparkling Lough Swilly, secluded beaches and Malin Head.

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12 Great Irish Drives: Travel Along the Healy Pass from Cork to Kerry

For summer 2019, we are partnering with the Journal.ie to bring you 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson takes the historic route between Cork and Kerry for a thrilling drive along the Healy Pass.

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Name: The Healy Pass

Where: Over the Cork-Kerry border, crossing the spectacular Caha Mountains.

The route: Country roads and mountain passes take you through the heart of Munster, with stops at Gougane Barra, Kenmare and Killarney National Park en route.

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12 Great Irish Drives: Take the Vee Road Through Ireland’s Ancient East

For summer 2019, we are partnering with the Journal.ie to bring you the 12 Great Irish Drives: the most amazing road trips in the country. Whether it’s with friends, family or by yourself these trips should give you the courage to get in the car and go explore.

This week, Paul Wilson takes a stunning spin through the hills of West Waterford.

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In his book 'In Search of Ireland', HV Morton called the Vee Gap Road one of the grandest views in the (then) British Isles. West Waterford is sometimes considered an unsung and less-visited part of Ireland, apart from the popular resort of Tramore – but heading inland bears excepti...

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Introducing a New Dog Into Your Home

Introducing a new dog into your home is best when you are free to focus on your new companion and their needs. It’s a big change in their life and they may become easily stressed and overwhelmed. Create a quiet, relaxed mood and consistent routines for your new dog, and when possible get advice about the behaviour and temperament of an older dog from the previous owner or shelter.

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Your new dog will need some training to get used to its new family and learn basic obedience and acceptable behaviour. Get everyone on board, and remember being consistent is very important. Use reward-based training to re...

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