Author: Irish Life

Freelance work - how does it count for pensions?

Ladies! We strive for workplace equality… what about in retirement?

Read time: 4 Minutes Retirement – for some of us it feels like years away, for many others it can’t come soon enough. No matter what stage of your life you are in, if you aren’t already making plans for how you’re going to fund your golden years then perhaps it’s time to start thinking about it. According to the Irish times, nearly two-thirds of women have found themselves with a much lower pension entitlement than expected. While reasons for this vary and the rule to qualify for a full state pension are complicated, factors such as working abroad, self-employment, being a stay-at-home mother or carer have had a huge impact. The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission found the gap between men and women’s pensions currently stands at 38%.  However, the existing gender pay gap, along with the fact that a larger percentage of women work part-time or take career breaks due to family commitments, have resulted in women retiring on average with over a third less than men. These statistics show that many Irish …

10 Xmas ideas to the keep kids busy over the festive season

Read time: 3 Minutes The countdown is on, and the wee’uns are bouncing off the walls in great form. It can be exhausting (and highly frustrating) to keep them busy while you get on with your Christmas preparations. Yes, the Christmas shows are played on the telly 24/7 and as great as sitting in watching Christmas classic after Christmas classic does sound, we’ve composed some fun activities for you and the kids to do over the holidays. Make your own Christmas cards Stock up with some paints, glitter, card, glue, cotton balls and colouring pens/crayons. You can create some footprint Reindeer!  Encourage the kids to use things from around the garden, like twigs or leaves. Visit Santa We all remember visiting Santa as a child – they are the memories we never forget! Why not visit the Santa Experience at Croke Park?  Take a trip to Santa’s Grotto, through the Ski Patrol Room -which is manned by Santa’s very own elves. Your ticket also includes free admission to the GAA Museum, with two floors of …

Have a veg-y merry Christmas! Our Top 10 Vegetarian Christmas Dishes

Read time: 4 Minutes Our Irish culture has always embraced the consumption of meat, but vegetarianism seems to be growing quite popular. According to Harvard Medical School, abstaining from eating meat can eliminate a risk factor for colon cancer, and a risk for type 2 diabetes. So, there doesn’t seem to be much harm in treating to yourself to a meat free meal. Your son has plucked up the courage to bring his lovely new girlfriend to Christmas dinner this year, but (shock, horror) she doesn’t eat meat! What do you cook for your anti-meat-consuming Christmas dinner party invitee? Look no further, we’ve came up with our top ten vegetarian meals for Christmas day. 1. Baked Camembert with Cranberry Jam Christmas is the season of cheese boards, and we all love a good camembert. It can be produced at any part of the day and guests can pick at it freely. Simply preheat the oven 180ºC, carve 2 or 3 large slits in the top and scatter garlic and cranberry jam on top. Wrap in …

5 Healthy Meals to cook with your Christmas dinner leftovers

Read time: 4 Minutes And like that, Christmas is over! But your fridge is full of all those too-good-to-throw-out leftovers that you really can’t let go to waste! But it’s not just about turkey sandwiches, or bubble and squeak. Why not mix things up a little? That’s why we’ve came up with some inspirational (and less guilt ridden) dishes that you can cook up for the week after Christmas. Spicy vegetable egg fried rice Checklist: Carrots Sunflower oil Cabbage 2 eggs Spring onions Frozen peas Chillies Soy sauce Heat up some chillies and garlic with oil, then drain. Add some carrots and stir-fry until tender. Add in your cabbage and cook before throwing in your cooked basmati (or leftover rice if you have some). Push your rice to one side of the pan and add the two eggs into the cleared space to scramble until set. Mix in your onions, peas and a bit of soy sauce. Stir-fry everything until the peas are hot. Chicken, kale & sprout stir-fry Checklist: Curly kale (shredded) Sesame oil …