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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Money Talks...'I think your health is your real wealth - and that money is secondary'

Andrea Hayes
Andrea Hayes
Louise McBride

Louise McBride

Andrea Hayes is a well -known face from the small screen, being presenter of TV3's Ireland's Animal A&E and Dublin Airport: Life Stories. She has been working with the television station since 2005.

Hayes also keeps busy with regular radio work. She presents Sunshine Meets on Dublin's Sunshine 106.8 every Sunday evening and has presented various shows with the radio station over the past few years.

Her book, Pain-free Life: My Journey To Wellness, which outlines her daily struggle with chronic pain and how she manages that pain, was published earlier this year.

She is also a clinical hypnotherapist and often uses her own form of hypnosis to deal with her pain.

Hayes is married to David Torpey and the couple have a five-year-old daughter, Brooke.

In a new TV3 series, Dog Tales, Hayes joins the dog welfare charity Dogs Trust to work as a canine carer volunteer. It airs this Friday at 8.30pm on TV3.

What is the most important lesson about money which your career as a broadcaster has taught you?

Freelance work can be unpredictable, so I always like to plan ahead and be smart about my financial choices. However, money isn't a driver for me; I try to choose work that I am passionate about, instead of what pays the best.

What's the most expensive health treatment you've ever come across and was it worth the money?

Your health is your wealth and money is secondary. Health insurance is vitally important to me.

What's the biggest financial challenge you have found comes with being a parent?

Unknown costs. As a single person, you don't realise how expensive having your first child can be because you need to buy everything for your child. As a parent, I factor in costs like back-to-school expenses and so on from the start of the year. Plan ahead.

Do you use any money-saving apps?


Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

My current car, a Range Rover Evoque.

What was your worst job?

My first job was a bingo caller for Gael Linn and I really enjoyed it and I've enjoyed every job I've ever had since then. I love working.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Buying a brand-new car.

What was your best financial killing?

Property, if I was to sell. In the past, I received a very substantial bonus after a particularly good year.

Are you better off than your parents?

I don't think so. Different times and different responsibilities.

Do you have a mortgage? Is it fixed, variable or tracker?

I have a tracker mortgage.

Do you know how much is in your current account?


Have you ever made an insurance claim?


Have you ever switched utility provider?


iTunes or Spotify? Oh, iTunes for sure.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Flowers for a friend in Britain.

Android or iPhone?


Would you buy Irish property now?

Yes, I would.

Cash or card?


Do you ever haggle?

Yes, all the time.

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