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Friday 27 April 2018

In Brief: Fine Gael calls for greater controls on 'unscrupulous' moneylenders

FINE Gael candidate for Crumlin and Kimmage Jason O'Callaghan has called for greater controls on moneylenders.

His comments come on foot of information which shows that 360,000 people are turning to moneylenders to access cash.

"The true scale of this problem is difficult to estimate, because as well as the 40 licenced moneylenders operating here, an unknown number of unregistered and unscrupulous lenders are also offering loans at higher interest rates.

"I am raising this issue now because the incidences of people turning to moneylenders is bound to be on the rise in the run-up to Christmas," Mr O'Callaghan said.

STYLISH LADIES TO INDULGE IN DECADENCE

FASHIONISTAS will flock to Aria Boutique at Poplar Square in Naas, Co Kildare, on Thursday for the provocatively titled Decadence Fashion Show.

The show, which will be hosted by stylish Ireland AM presenter Anna Daly from TV3, will kick off at 7.30pm.

With shops in Naas and Saggart, Aria has become a popular shopping destination for fashion-conscious women around the country including celebrities such as Gillian and Aisling Quinn, Rosanna Davison, Andrea Roche, Karen Koster and Vivienne Connolly.

Some of Aria's customers will take to the red carpet to model key trends for the season.

Invited guests include equestrian luminaries Nina Carberry and Katie Walsh, Gillian and Aisling Quinn, sisters Berni Cafolla and Patricia Roe, Camilla Grey from Lemongrass, PR girls Tamso Doyle, Helen O'Dwyer and Tara O'Connor, TanOrganic boss Noelle O'Connor, model Emma English and Great Lengths CEO Katie Jane Goldin.

TWO JAZZ FAVOURITES TAKE CENTRE STAGE

TWO jazz legends will will return to play the National Concert Hall later this month.

Acker Bilk, the great master of the clarinet, and Chris Barber, with his legendary traditional jazz and blues band, will take to the stage at the Dublin venue again on November 25 following on from their popular concert there last year.

Tickets are available from the box office, (01) 417 0000, or online at www.nch.ie.

WRITERS PONDER 'THE PERFECT WOMAN'

SUNDAY Independent columnist Emily Hourican and some of Ireland's best-known female writers will gather to discuss what exactly constitutes the "perfect woman" – and, more importantly, if she even exists.

The colourful debate will take place at in Dublin's Smock Alley at noon today.

Emily will be joined by Irish Times journalist Roisin Ingle and Emma Hannigan, author of Keeping Mum, Talk to the Head Scarf, and her just published Perfect Wives.

BODY IMAGE GROUP DISCUSS AIRBRUSHING

BODYWHYS, the eating disorder association of Ireland, will host a one-day seminar to discuss some of the pitfalls of photo airbrushing.

The seminar, entitled Airbrushing: A Touchy Subject, will be hosted by MEP Nessa Childers at the European Union Offices at 18 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, on Friday between 10.30am and 4pm.

It will also address topics such as the altered image and the "state of perfection and standards in advertising", according to organisers.

For more details, check online at www.bodywhys.ie.

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