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Story ideas for every day of the week: 17th – 21st August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Airbnb, Construction, Dublin, English, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Irish Green Building Council, NALA, Simon Community, Tax, TaxAssist

Monday 17th August 2015

Story Idea: Calling All Cheese Lovers  - Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health
Expert: Dr Emma Feeney 
(Expert in Nutrition and Food Consumption) Researcher, Food for Health Ireland/ UCD.                   
The Hook: Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink. A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

Dr Emma Feeney, FHI UCD explains ‘Cheese is high in saturated fat however the composition of the matrix of the fat is special. The fat is found with other nutrients like calcium and protein. It is believed that this matrix of nutrients with the fat can potentially have a positive effect on our health. Our study will look at this theory in more detail’.

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Notable Events for Monday 17th

* Eurostat – International trade in goods – June 2015
* The Rose of Tralee International 10k charity run

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Story ideas for Friday 21st August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Airbnb, Housing, Ireland, Tax, TaxAssist

Story Idea: Accountancy firm inundated with phone calls over Airbnb announcement
Expert: Greg Murphy (Expert in Accounting and Income Tax) Managing Director, TaxAssist Accountants.                 
The Hook:
 A firm who deals with 6,000 small tax return clients every year has said that it has been inundated with panicked calls in relation to the announcements from Revenue and online hosting company Airbnb last week.

Up until now, lots of people renting out their home assumed they would qualify for the rent a room tax relief scheme. This scheme was recently increased to €12,000 meaning you can rent out a room in any tax year without that money being liable to income tax, PRSI or the universal social charge (USC).

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