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My money: 'The Irish would rather discuss details of an intimate relationship than their finances'



RTÉ broadcaster Katie Hannon

RTÉ broadcaster Katie Hannon

RTÉ broadcaster Katie Hannon

RTÉ broadcaster Katie Hannon is from Duagh in Co Kerry. Now living in Dublin, she presents Saturday with Katie Hannon on Saturday afternoons - as well as the Late Debate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. She also regularly covers for Joe Duffy on Liveline.

What's the most important lesson about money which your career in broadcasting has taught you?

That Irish people would generally rather discuss the details of an intimate relationship with their secret lover than talk frankly on the record about their financial affairs.

What has the coronavirus crisis taught you about money?

Unfortunately, I don't think we've even begun learning the money lessons Covid will teach us.

But when I was working from home, I was surprised at how much money I had managed to fritter away on skinny lattes and other fripperies in my previous life.

What's the most expensive thing about being a parent?

My twins just turned ten, so I suspect the most expensive years are yet to come. Although having to buy everything on the double has left large craters in my bank account over the years.

What's your favourite Irish coin or note and what do you like about it so much?

The old 50 pence piece had the edge.

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

A car.

What was your worst job?

A low ebb might have been my job waiting tables in the Bad Ass Cafe in Temple Bar. It was the summer I left college and I was scrambling to pay the rent while trying to work as a freelance journalist. It had a certain cachet because Sinead O'Connor had waited tables there.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Still too painful to recall.

What was your best financial killing?

My best ever financial decision was buying my little house in an up-and-coming area that would go on to bloom. I didn't realise it at the time, but it was at the last moment in my lifetime when a single person on a journalist's salary could even attempt this feat. When the property boom kicked off, it looked like incredible foresight. It was blind luck.

Are you better off than your parents?

My parents raised eight children on the income from a small farm. I definitely have had more disposable income at times in my life than they ever had. But then again, I don't have a farm.

If you won the Lottery, what would you do with the money?

I'd sort out everyone I care about before touring the world to decide on the best country to retire to. I realise this is no longer possible in a post-Covid, eco-aware world, but a girl can dream.

What's the most expensive country you've ever visited?

I recall hopping over to Monaco on a day trip once while on holiday in the South of France. I hopped back home fairly fast!

What was the last thing you bought online?

Twin beds for my twins.

Would you buy Irish property now?

Yes - to live in. We've sold our home.

Are you a spender or saver?

I've never been one to blow money I don't have. But if I have it, I am inclined to find ways to spend it.

Do you ever haggle?

I generally make a stab at asking for a discount if there's significant money involved but I don't have the stomach for hardcore haggling.

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

Good food, a reliable car and decent wifi.

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