Saturday 29 April 2017

Paper prophet: Evanne Ni Chuilinn

Who would you like to see as the next Taoiseach?

Whoever waves a magic wand to rid the world of negative equity and the 'austerity' word. I'd also like to see someone brave enough to make every primary school in the country a gaelscoil where PE is compulsory every day.

Has the recession made you cut back on spending?

Yes. In the past two years, I have cancelled my gym membership, downgraded my car, stopped impulse buying (except for shoes), and switched from ESB to Bord Gais to Airtricity.

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

My car, my internet connection and a decent pair of football boots!

Do you know what your house is worth?

I'm trying very hard to keep from finding out.

Do you still tip?

Yes -- it's important.

Do you trust the banks?

I'm too trusting of people, especially people who wave money in front of me and say: "Hey, it's cool -- don't pay it back for 35 years!"

What's the most extravagant thing you bought in the boom years?

I used to spend a small fortune on 'lovely products'. I believed every ad for exfoliants and moisturisers, bought all sorts of creams and potions, and then I realised rose water ticked every box!

What product do you find yourself buying a cheaper version of when shopping?

A friend introduced me to a great freelance perfume company that blends certain plants and fragrances to replicate designer scents. It's a quarter the price -- you just don't get the real bottle. Genius!

What car do you drive and how much does it cost to fill up the petrol tank?

I drive a Peugeot 306 and it's about €70 to fill up.

What was your first job and salary?

My very first job was in a hotel bar. I collected glasses for peanuts (not literally) and had the honour of meeting the late Joe Dolan's biggest fans up close and personal. My first real job started off as an unpaid experience stint on a TG4 GAA show.

What would you like to achieve in business/work this year?

Stay in business and stay in work -- but I'd settle for staying in good health.

Do you have any family connection with business?

Not at all. My parents are teachers, my brother's a welder and my sister's a physiotherapist!

What businessman or woman do you most admire?

Anita Roddick.

Have you switched your bank or moved mortgage in the last couple of years?

No.

What was your best investment?

Renting a helmet on a recent snowboarding trip.

What's the biggest financial mistake you ever made?

Do you need to ask? See above!

If you won the Euromillions jackpot, what would you do with the money?

I'd keep working because I love what I do, but I'd sort out all my debts and those of my family. I'd buy a house in Kilkenny with a walk-in wardrobe and gym. The Irish Cancer Society, MS Ireland and children's hospitals would be looked after. I'd also try to live on the interest, go on two big month-long holidays with my boyfriend every year -- and lots of city shopping trips with friends and family!

What have you got in your wallet today?

Twenty quid, credit card, laser card, hair bobbin.

If you could design your own Euro note, whose face would you put on it?

Spongebob Squarepants might as well be on the Irish batch.

What was the last thing you bought?

Shoes. Two pairs.

What's the worst rip-off you've ever come across?

Toll charges, especially when I forget to pay them immediately and get a bill for 40 quid in the post.

What would you spend more money on each year? Petrol or restaurants.

Petrol. If I'm not working, I'm more than likely not in Dublin!

Have you ever been overcharged by a bank?

Not that I know of...

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

I used to have on-street parking when I first moved to Dublin. I came out one morning and my Micra had been written off in a hit and run! A local garda witnessed the whole thing and chased down the guy for his details!

Did an ATM machine ever swallow your card?

Yes -- thank God. I went to withdraw money at an ATM but walked away in a world of my own -- without cash or card. The machine swallowed both card and cash. I got both back.

How much is a Twix?

No idea. Crisps are my vice.

Evanne Ni Chuilinn is a sports presenter with RTE

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