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#Brian Hayes

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 7 July, 2021

More than €1 billion spent in contactless payments during May as economy re-opens
# Spend Spend Spend
# Spend Spend Spend

More than €1 billion spent in contactless payments during May as economy re-opens

Jul 7th 2021, 6:15 AM 7,690 Views 14 Comments

The daily spend of individual contactless payment users exceeded €16 for only the second time since 2016.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Record-breaking €1 billion spent through contactless payments in December
# Spend Spend Spend
# Spend Spend Spend

Record-breaking €1 billion spent through contactless payments in December

Jan 27th 2021, 6:15 AM 12,008 Views 18 Comments

Around 2.1 million people used contactless payments each day last month.

# brian-hayes - Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Over 5,200 mortgages approved in October, with surge driven by first-time buyers
# Property Ladder
# Property Ladder

Over 5,200 mortgages approved in October, with surge driven by first-time buyers

Dec 1st 2020, 6:30 AM 20,398 Views 14 Comments

October was the busiest month for mortgage approvals since BPFI began collecting this data in 2011.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Amid criticism of Brian Hayes' attendance at Golfgate dinner, the Banking Culture Board says it's not getting involved
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Amid criticism of Brian Hayes' attendance at Golfgate dinner, the Banking Culture Board says it's not getting involved

Aug 26th 2020, 1:10 PM 50,101 Views 87 Comments

Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall says ‘it’s a bit rich’.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 30 July, 2020

More new mortgages approved in June but drawdowns slid in the second quarter, says bank lobby
# The Banks
# The Banks

More new mortgages approved in June but drawdowns slid in the second quarter, says bank lobby

Jul 30th 2020, 6:30 AM 16,958 Views 10 Comments

But banks approved half the number of new mortgages last month than in June 2019.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Explainer: Why Irish banks are being accused of 'profiteering from the pandemic'
# The Banks
# The Banks

Explainer: Why Irish banks are being accused of 'profiteering from the pandemic'

Jul 9th 2020, 2:26 PM 20,828 Views 46 Comments

Developments in recent days have undermined the banks’ positions.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Cork Con and Blackrock stars land the top gongs as AIL award winners announced
# Domestic Rugby
From The42
# Domestic Rugby

Cork Con and Blackrock stars land the top gongs as AIL award winners announced

May 9th 2020, 10:17 AM 6,946 Views 2 Comments

Brian Hayes and Hannah O’Connor took the Player of the Year awards.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

Drop of nearly 10% in mortgage approvals in March compared to 2019
# Lending
# Lending

Drop of nearly 10% in mortgage approvals in March compared to 2019

May 6th 2020, 8:18 AM 16,867 Views 18 Comments

The figures offer an early indication of the impact of Covid-19 on lending.

# brian-hayes - Monday 27 April, 2020

Ex-Munster lock Hayes finishes joint-top try scorer in AIL's Division 1A
# Prolific
From The42
# Prolific

Ex-Munster lock Hayes finishes joint-top try scorer in AIL's Division 1A

Apr 27th 2020, 11:50 AM 12,593 Views 3 Comments

Clontarf’s Sean Kearns was top points scorer after his return from Australia.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Contactless payment limit will increase to €50 next week, as cash transactions drop by 20%
# Shopping
# Shopping

Contactless payment limit will increase to €50 next week, as cash transactions drop by 20%

Mar 28th 2020, 3:17 PM 32,097 Views 81 Comments

Banks have also warned the public not to be tricked into giving out their pin number online.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 2 May, 2019

Cork Con bullish approaching AIL final with revamped style and 'Stockdale 2.0' in Sean French
# White Heat
From The42
# White Heat

Cork Con bullish approaching AIL final with revamped style and 'Stockdale 2.0' in Sean French

May 2nd 2019, 6:55 AM 6,299 Views 1 Comment

Entering their fourth consecutive final, the Cork club look in rude attacking health.

# brian-hayes - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Brian Hayes to quit politics to become CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland
# Quitting
# Quitting

Brian Hayes to quit politics to become CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland

Nov 6th 2018, 10:45 AM 31,672 Views 140 Comments

The 49 year-old said he made the decision for family reasons.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 27 October, 2018

New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink
# Plastic
# Plastic

New EU rules aim to cut down on amount of bottled water people drink

Oct 27th 2018, 2:22 PM 21,973 Views 33 Comments

On average, every person in the EU consumes up to 106 litres of bottled water every year.

# brian-hayes - Sunday 10 June, 2018

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?
# Irish Young People
# Irish Young People

How can you bag some free InterRail tickets?

Jun 10th 2018, 1:00 PM 15,653 Views 9 Comments

The new scheme will provide 140 free InterRail tickets to 18 year olds that can cost up to €700

# brian-hayes - Saturday 31 March, 2018

All new cars in Ireland to be equipped to dial emergency services if you crash
# Driver Safety
# Driver Safety

All new cars in Ireland to be equipped to dial emergency services if you crash

Mar 31st 2018, 6:01 AM 16,588 Views 37 Comments

eCall is a new life-saving technology which will be fitted to all new cars from today.

# brian-hayes - Sunday 14 January, 2018

Poll: Do you think charges on unused gift cards are fair?
# One 4 All
# One 4 All

Poll: Do you think charges on unused gift cards are fair?

Jan 14th 2018, 10:06 AM 39,576 Views 64 Comments

MEP Brian Hayes has asked An Post how much is made by charging customers who don’t use their One4All gift cards within a year.

# brian-hayes - Monday 1 January, 2018

Irish people warned they are being 'ripped off' by ATMs in foreign countries
# Cash
# Cash

Irish people warned they are being 'ripped off' by ATMs in foreign countries

Jan 1st 2018, 6:00 AM 38,632 Views 34 Comments

People are advised not to withdraw money in their own currency rate as it is more expensive.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 13 September, 2017

Fine Gael MEP says Ireland needs to re-examine its neutrality ahead of Brexit
# Security
# Security

Fine Gael MEP says Ireland needs to re-examine its neutrality ahead of Brexit

Sep 13th 2017, 5:52 PM 17,749 Views 181 Comments

Jean-Claude Juncker has called for the EU to implement plans for a common defence strategy

# brian-hayes - Sunday 12 February, 2017

You'll soon be able to access your Netflix account from every country in the EU
# Netflix And Chill
# Netflix And Chill

You'll soon be able to access your Netflix account from every country in the EU

Feb 12th 2017, 9:15 AM 16,741 Views 28 Comments

The new measures will apply only to online fee-based services.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 29 October, 2016

Poll: Should we get more public holidays in Ireland?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should we get more public holidays in Ireland?

Oct 29th 2016, 9:00 AM 24,841 Views 75 Comments

One of our MEPs thinks we should.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 27 October, 2016

MEP calls for number of Irish public holidays to be increased
# Amen To That
# Amen To That

MEP calls for number of Irish public holidays to be increased

Oct 27th 2016, 6:02 PM 18,204 Views 34 Comments

At present only three countries across Europe have fewer national holidays than the Republic.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion
# Bite Of The Apple
# Bite Of The Apple

MEPs laugh at Jean-Claude Juncker when he says Europe is fighting tax evasion

Sep 14th 2016, 10:08 AM 20,947 Views 87 Comments

Earlier, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes said: “Changing the rules, however appalling [they are], is not smart.”

# brian-hayes - Friday 24 June, 2016

"Extremism is no longer an abstract problem. It’s here" - Is Islamic terrorism a threat in Ireland?
# Radicalisation
# Radicalisation

"Extremism is no longer an abstract problem. It’s here" - Is Islamic terrorism a threat in Ireland?

Jun 24th 2016, 6:06 AM 11,479 Views 22 Comments

The Justice Department has said that it is aware of foreign fighters from Ireland who have died in the Middle East.

# brian-hayes - Tuesday 8 March, 2016

Gerry wants to be Taoiseach, but Enda is meeting everybody so that he gets to rule the roost
# Many Meetings
# Many Meetings

Gerry wants to be Taoiseach, but Enda is meeting everybody so that he gets to rule the roost

Mar 8th 2016, 3:41 PM 38,968 Views 112 Comments

The dance of those who would be in government continued apace today.

# brian-hayes - Monday 22 February, 2016

Candidate says Fine Gael's 'boys club mentality' has her 'making the tea'
# Jettisoned
# Jettisoned

Candidate says Fine Gael's 'boys club mentality' has her 'making the tea'

Feb 22nd 2016, 4:36 PM 20,355 Views 99 Comments

Stephanie Regan believes she has been “jettisoned” by her own party in Dublin Bay North.

# brian-hayes - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Mary Lou called Brian Hayes a 'gurrier' when he tried to grill her about Slab Murphy
# Out Of Order
# Out Of Order

Mary Lou called Brian Hayes a 'gurrier' when he tried to grill her about Slab Murphy

Feb 7th 2016, 2:44 PM 42,443 Views 219 Comments

She slammed the Fine Gael MEP’s questions as cheap and out of order in a row on Newstalk.

# brian-hayes - Monday 28 December, 2015

Are our buses and trains next for contactless debit card payments?
# First Contact
# First Contact

Are our buses and trains next for contactless debit card payments?

Dec 28th 2015, 7:45 PM 15,427 Views 44 Comments

Contactless payments are now very much the norm in Ireland for most low-priced retail goods.

# brian-hayes - Sunday 16 August, 2015

Fine Gael's next leader, from most to least likely
# After Enda
# After Enda

Fine Gael's next leader, from most to least likely

Aug 16th 2015, 10:00 PM 33,981 Views 113 Comments

Who succeeds Enda Kenny? We rank the contenders…

# brian-hayes - Monday 6 July, 2015

What does Greece's No vote mean for Ireland?
# Explainer
# Explainer

What does Greece's No vote mean for Ireland?

Jul 6th 2015, 10:23 AM 35,542 Views 147 Comments

The next 48 hours will be crucial.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 11 June, 2015

This Dublin MEP thinks Denis O'Brien is entitled to privacy 'like anyone else'
# Just An Ordinary Guy
# Just An Ordinary Guy

This Dublin MEP thinks Denis O'Brien is entitled to privacy 'like anyone else'

Jun 11th 2015, 11:03 AM 9,917 Views 104 Comments

Brian Hayes said he does not believe there was any wrongdoing in deals made between O’Brien and IBRC.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 10 June, 2015

Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists
# Ttipping Point
# Ttipping Point

Fine Gael MEPs have been compared to fascists

Jun 10th 2015, 4:38 PM 14,090 Views 114 Comments

Flanagan didn’t hold back in his criticism.

# brian-hayes - Thursday 7 May, 2015

If the banks continue to 'gouge' mortgage-holders, maybe it's time to gouge them back...
# Pack Of Bankers
# Pack Of Bankers

If the banks continue to 'gouge' mortgage-holders, maybe it's time to gouge them back...

May 7th 2015, 6:49 PM 18,871 Views 41 Comments

AIB aside, Ireland’s main banks have refused to drop their rates despite record numbers of mortgages being in trouble.

# brian-hayes - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Have you heard about Europe's multi-million euro travelling circus?
# European Parliament
# European Parliament

Have you heard about Europe's multi-million euro travelling circus?

Apr 29th 2015, 8:00 PM 12,195 Views 23 Comments

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes on the ‘disgraceful’ moving of the European Parliament to Strasbourg once a month, every month.

A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France
# Cult Hero
From The42
# Cult Hero

A former Ireland lock has been handed a lengthy contract extension in France

Apr 29th 2015, 3:40 PM 28,418 Views 5 Comments

Jeremy Davidson has been working wonders on a low budget at Aurillac in the Pro D2.

# brian-hayes - Friday 24 April, 2015

Just how many Irish people can really be classed as filthy rich?
# Big Spenders
# Big Spenders

Just how many Irish people can really be classed as filthy rich?

Apr 24th 2015, 9:41 AM 29,547 Views 57 Comments

5% of the tax-paying population are on salaries of €100,000 or greater…

# brian-hayes - Tuesday 7 April, 2015

The government says it saved over €10bn by complaining to the Troika
# We All Partied
# We All Partied

The government says it saved over €10bn by complaining to the Troika

Apr 7th 2015, 3:00 PM 14,561 Views 95 Comments

Some people still think we could have got a better deal, however.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 21 February, 2015

Leo: Some people told me to shut up and keep my head down
# Loose Lips Leo
# Loose Lips Leo

Leo: Some people told me to shut up and keep my head down

Feb 21st 2015, 3:05 PM 32,770 Views 152 Comments

The Fine Gael national conference has been talking crime and the economic recovery this morning.

# brian-hayes - Saturday 31 January, 2015

Sexy rows, Belgian beer and 3 other questions we had for Brian Hayes
# The High Table Interview
# The High Table Interview

Sexy rows, Belgian beer and 3 other questions we had for Brian Hayes

Jan 31st 2015, 6:30 PM 8,455 Views 13 Comments

The Fine Gael MEP talked banking inquiry, beer and European politics with TheJournal.ie this week.

A lot of Fine Gael TDs were 'very nervous' before Christmas. So, how are they now?
# Danger Here
# Danger Here

A lot of Fine Gael TDs were 'very nervous' before Christmas. So, how are they now?

Jan 31st 2015, 7:30 AM 7,837 Views 49 Comments

Brian Hayes has been speaking to TheJournal.ie about his party’s election prospects.

# brian-hayes - Friday 30 January, 2015

'Greek people have a very unhealthy relationship when it comes to paying tax'
# Someone Has To Pay
# Someone Has To Pay

'Greek people have a very unhealthy relationship when it comes to paying tax'

Jan 30th 2015, 12:00 PM 19,806 Views 109 Comments

“Writing off debt means someone else takes the hit, in this case we’re talking about taxpayers,” Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes says.

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