Charlie Weston is the Personal Finance Editor of the Irish Independent.He campaigns on consumer issues, with a focus on variable mortgage rates, credit unions and high motor insurance premiums. He was first to expose the tracker mortgage scandal.Charlie was honoured with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the annual Business Journalists’ Association and Smurfit Business School journalism awards in 2016. He was chosen as Campaigning Journalist of the Year in 2018 and he has won numerous other journalism awards.The country’s foremost personal finance journalist, he features weekly on ‘The Last Word’ on Today FM, and is a regular contributor on RTE radio, Newstalk and regional radio stations.
The chief executive of AIB, Dr Colin Hunt, is to receive an award for business leadership at a black-tie dinner just a week after his bank was hit with a record €97 million fine for its role in the tracker mortgage scandal.
Q My wife and I had our second child last September and she has two months of maternity leave left. She is reluctant to go back to work and we are working out our finances to see if we could manage financially if she decided not to. We both have a good income, are on the higher tax band, and are jointly assessed. From a tax perspective, would we be in a better or worse position if she was to finish up her job?
Q I am due to retire next year and am thinking of buying a property with my PRSA (Personal Retirement Savings Account) pension fund, mainly to use for a rental income. I don’t have enough in my pension so I would like to top it up with a small mortgage. Is this possible with the new IORP pension rules?
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