Renfrewshire’s new recycling system has seen a reduction of almost 2000 tonnes of household waste sent to landfill than the same period last year.

From January to July 2019, 15,187.75 tonnes were disposed of compared to 17,163.44 in 2018 – a reduction of 11.5%.


This coincided with a 42.6% increase in the amount of food and garden waste recycled and almost 7000 tonnes of blue and green bin recycling was diverted from landfill during this period.

This has enabled the council to post its highest ever recycling rate of 52.3% in the year to date.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “We thank everyone for their efforts in using the new recycling system and we hope to see even more success in the future in raising our recycling rate and reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill.

“It’s extremely important that we consider our environment and by taking the time to recycle you really are making a difference.

“We’ll support you however we can to recycle more, and more efficiently, so please get in touch or visit our website for more information on what should and should not go into your bins.”

The new collection service was introduced to more than 90,000 households in November 2018, with homes given an additional recycling bin for plastics, cans and glass, and the service will be rolled out to areas of Erskine which required a more tailored approach later this month.

Councillor McEwan added: “With a change of this size affecting almost every home in Renfrewshire, it was clear that there would be teething problems but we’ve worked tirelessly with residents to resolve any issues and the new service has now bedded in.

“We appreciate that changes such as this take time to become normality, but we will continue to be available for residents to answer any queries and ensure we are providing them with the best possible bin collection service.”

The new service was supported by a campaign to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfill by encouraging residents to recycle and think about what they are placing in their general waste bin.

Information was sent directly to every home outlining the new collection system and a new section of the council website was created to support this and explain how it will affect residents and ensure they know what should and should not go into each bin.

In addition, residents can now go online to check their next four collections, download a calendar into their smartphone and sign up for email reminders which arrive the day before the next bin is due out.

Waste advisers are also available to discuss any issues that residents have and can be contacted via

For more information, visit

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De maanden juni, juli en augustus vormen samen het trouwseizoen. Hoewel je mag trouwen wanneer je dat wil, kiezen de meeste koppels ervoor om het jawoord te geven wanneer de kans op stralend weer het grootst is. Januari en februari zijn dan ook de minst populaire trouwmaanden. Een uitnodiging voor een trouwfeest ontvangen is altijd iets speciaals. Het is een groots feest waarbij alle gasten er op hun best uitzien. Het is in niets te vergelijken met een avondje uit in een of andere dancing. Ook daar tutten de bezoekers zich graag op maar op een andere manier. Nog nooit naar een trouwfeest geweest? Dit is wat de gasten dragen op een zomers huwelijk:

Jurken die lang genoeg zijn

Op een huwelijk is het ongepast om jurken te dragen die hoger reiken dan de knie. Cocktailjurken tot aan de knie of langer mogen wel. Dit geldt eveneens voor de bruidsmeisjes jurken. Galajurken, losse jurken tot aan de enkels en jurken tot aan de kuit zijn allemaal mogelijk, afhankelijk van de dresscode. Het hangt immers van het koppel af wat jullie mogen aantrekken. Bekijk daarom goed de uitnodiging om te zien of er iets op vermeld staat. Is dat niet het geval, spreek de bruid er dan over aan. Ze zal liever hebben dat je even contact opneemt dan dat je in een jurk verschijnt die uit de boot valt tussen de andere gasten. Laat je toch graag je mooie benen zien, kan je altijd kiezen voor een jurk die kort is vooraan en lang achteraan. Chic en toch sexy.

Een goed paar dansschoenen

Op een huwelijk is het de bedoeling om de beentjes los te zwieren. In onze cultuur wil dat zeggen: tot in de vroege uurtjes. Denk daaraan als je je schoenen kiest. Hoge hakken zijn misschien wel het mooiste, comfortabel dansen doe je toch beter op een lagere hak. Pas je schoeisel aan aan de locatie. Een huwelijk op het strand woon je best bij op een paar sleehakken of sandalen, ook een huwelijk in de tuin of in het park is niet zo comfortabel met smalle hakken omdat die in de grond kunnen wegzakken.

Geen wit

Het is een ongeschreven regel dat alleen de bruid wit mag dragen tenzij ze het zelf anders wil. Daag dus zeker niet op in een witte jurk. Als gast lijk je zo te veel op de bruid. Nu is het niet meer zo voor de hand liggend dat de bruid wit draagt dus als ze in het groen trouwt, kan je natuurlijk wel voor wit gaan. Maar dan moet je er 100% zeker van zijn dat niemand er aanstoot aan zal nemen. Speel liever op veilig en draag een andere kleur.

Soepele, luchtige stoffen

Een trouwfeest in de zomer kan behoorlijk warm zijn. Ook als de dresscode formeel is, kan je als vrouw makkelijk een jurk kiezen in een soepele, luchtige stof. Deze stoffen doen je minder rap zweten en drogen snel op.

Fountain Gardens

One of the great things about a town like Paisley is the range of activities on offer. Geographically speaking, Paisley is in a good position, given it’s a small city close enough to Glasgow to be able to commute there but far enough to have its own identity.

Despite having a population of around 77,000, about one-eighth of Glasgow, Paisley residents have a diverse range of interests and activities that they involve themselves in, as you can see in In this article, we compare a few of Paisley’s favourite activities by the numbers.

Online gambling

In a previous article, we wrote about the participation numbers of Paisley residents in online gambling. While no exact figures exist for Paisley itself, it’s possibly to calculate the numbers based on the UK Gambling Commission’s most recent survey of adults in Scotland (which it ran in parallel to similar surveys of adults in England and Wales).

The report found that roughly one in every eight Scottish adults gambles online regularly. Based on these figures, it can be concluded that around 7-8 thousand Paisley residents regularly use online gambling sites like those found at Remember, online gambling encompasses a broad range of activities, including online casinos, sports betting, and online bingo, as well as games played on mobile.


st mirren

Football has always been big in Paisley and it got even bigger last year when St Mirren earned its long-awaited promotion to the Scottish Premier League. St Mirren drew good crowds in its first season back in the top flight in four years and the attendance figures should only get better as the 2019-20 Scottish Premiership season kicks into full gear.


Last season, St Mirren had an average home crowd of 5,351, a decent showing for a relatively small city. Not surprisingly, the crowd numbers were up 20.3% on the previous year spent in the Championship. Its average crowd was higher than three other clubs: St Johnstone, Livingstone, and Hamilton Academical. St Mirren’s highest home crowd was 7,288 and its lowest was 4,001. Obviously, the numbers were boosted slightly by games against Celtic and Rangers, but nonetheless these figures are very positive.


Would you believe it if we told you church is more popular than football? According to the most recent census of Scottish churchgoers (, there were around 390,000 regular churchgoers in Scotland, or roughly 7% of the population. This is down more than half since 1984, but it’s still testament to a strong churchgoing culture.

Again, no official figures exist for Paisley church attendance, but on the average these numbers would suggest around 5,500 Paisley residents attend church at least once a week. These figures cover all denominations represented in Paisley and the broader Scottish community.

Parks & Pubs

Official statistics on parks and pubs are harder to come by. To our knowledge there hasn’t been a survey in Scotland or in the broader United Kingdom on how many people go to the pubs and parks on a regular basis. If we were to guess, we’d say the numbers would be very high.

Fountain Gardens

Paisley residents love their pubs and parks as much as anyone else in the country. The most popular Paisley pubs, according to the latest Google ratings, include Bull Inn, Gabriels, The Craigh Dhu, The Cave, De Beers, Old Swann Inn, Gantry and Harvies Bar.

As for parks, the likes of Barshaw Park, Gleniffer Braes Country Park, and Saucelhill Park all offer a great mix between grass, trails, water, wildlife and other activities like gold and a model railway. Pubs and parks may just be the most popular activities in Paisley.

town hall

This small video was taken in and around Paisley for us by Paisley Buddie Drone Flights (no drones were used this time).

It shows a lot of local landmarks and is created in a way which is called motion capture, sit back and enjoy. This is the first video they have created so lessons learned and they will only get better…

You can see the drone videos created by Paisley Buddie Drone Flights by clicking here.

Sadly, as much as it should be entertaining, gambling has turned into a genuine problem in England and Scotland. According to the survey completed by the Health Ministry in 2017, the problem has turned national with almost 2 million people estimated to have some kind of gambling problems. As compulsive gambling is difficult to change on your own, gamblers are directed to local organizations specialized gambling addiction that can help them. One good example is the international organization Gam-Anon that specializes in gambling addiction and can provide players around the world, including the UK, with the support they need to overcome this problem. 

The Gambling Reality in Scotland

According to the Scottish survey that covered 4,000 subjects, problematic gambling behaviour is a burning subject the Scottish public health sector, we well as policymakers in the industry. With 63 percent of respondents in Scotland having spent money on at least one type of gambling activity in the last year (46% of them focusing on non-lottery related gambling) and 12 percent having played online in the past 12 months at the time the survey was conducted, it is easy to see why Scotland was declared “Gambling Capital of Britain”

Professional Help Needed

Compulsive gambling can be interpreted in many ways. Basically, it is an illness that tends to progress over time and which is almost impossible to cure, but can be kept under control with the right help. Players simply cannot stop gambling and this is affecting every aspect of their life. If you or someone you know is facing such a problem at the moment, you probably have a lot of questions you need answered. As a friend or family member of a gambler at risk, your first step should be to get in contact with a local help center.

The Gam-Anon Programme Also in Paisley

The international Gam-Anon Programme has been designed with these exact questions in mind and they understand the importance of combining both local meetings with the option to get help online for those that live in remote areas. The programme is a fellowship of men and women who are close friends, relatives or husbands and wives of people who have been affected by compulsive gambling. The people there are dealing with the problem firsthand and they can provide great support using their personal experiences. They know how hurtful it is for a promise to be made and broken and what a sleepless night filled with despair looks like.

The Gam-Anon programme strives to provide problematic around the world with the solutions they need so they can live a normal life once again. It teaches patience and humility as well as how face old scenarios with the courage they need. The Way of Life programme will work differently for different people. This means the lives of affected gamblers and their close ones will be affected and changed at different paces and levels. It is a personal experience that should be lived fully in order to benefit from it.

Living With A Compulsive Gambler

Someone who has recently joined the programme will receive the full attention, complete understanding and support of the rest of the members. Problem gamblers will also be allowed to communicate with others about their problems. It is important never to interrogate someone you suspect is dealing with compulsive gambling.

It is important to know that living in a household with a compulsive gambler could lead to you experimenting some form of neurotic behaviour. The Twelve Steps of Recovery part of the Gam-Anon program will help prevent further difficulties, especially if the problem gambler hasn’t completely dropped his bad habits. Also, financial problems are directly tied to problem gambling. Having a Gam-Anon member talk about insurance, savings and bank accounts is a must. Patience is again needed to gradually take care of all financial issues that might have risen over the years.

The programme offers a new way of life to new members, provided they are willing to work the Steps of Recovery and the Unity Programme. It aims to help members change the easy they regard gambling problems and alleviate their anxiety. The programme also encourages members to frequently attend Gam-Anon meetings and get in touch with other members on a regular basis to return to a normal life as soon as possible, especially when slips backs occur. 

If you live in Paisley and want to get in contact with GamAnon they currently meet every 2nd Tuesday at the Ralston Community Center or call the Helpline number 0370 050 8881

Early Signs To Take Seriously

It can be difficult to understand that someone you know may be dealing with a risky gambling behaviour, as most people in this situation will manage to hide the early signs. Early signs are often subtle and family, friends or coworkers usually are left with a “feeling” of something not being right. Recognizing these very early signs is essential to prevent the severe consequences that follows a gambling addiction. 

Here are a few examples of warning signs to take serious; 

  • You “catch” your friend trying to hide his phone or close down the computer screen when you get close
  • You see advertisements for online casinos or betting sites like those here, showing up on your shared computer, mobile phone or email account while your friend denies to gamble online
  • You have a feeling there are more arguments in the family/workplace, not necessarily around gambling or finances
  • You feel your friend/partner is often distracted or absence or is “disappearing” a lot
  • You are hit with financial surprises like bills being delayed or unable to explain certain transactions
  • You notice your friend suffers from sudden or increased sleep issues
  • You see signs of your partner having problems at work, like not meeting deadlines, not completing tasks, arriving late, being absent etc.
  • You have a general feeling your partner or friend is hiding something
  • If you know your friend is gambling but suddenly hear him saying he will “just win back what he lost” then he will stop

These are just a few of many early signs of someone who might be in the risk zone of gambling problems. By talking to a professional from the Gamblers Anonymous Scotland you will be able to further assess the situation and support your friend at an early stage. Don’t wait! 

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Already booked your flight to Athens but not sure how to even begin planning the trip? Seeking the help of professional might be the solution to your problem. After all there are services that can create personalized tours just for you based on your preferences. Additionally, below you’ll find 10 tips that should help you prepare yourself for this amazing adventure.

  1. Visitors are recommended to confirm the opening hours of local museums and exhibitions, as this may vary depending on the season. On holidays (including religious holidays) some cultural and leisure establishments may remain closed. This is one of the first things you should do when planning your trip. The last thing you want is to show up excited in front of the museum doors and find out they’re closed.
  2. Getting a guided tour to see Athens is recommended if you want to delve deeper into Athens’ culture and history. Greek TravelTellers offer tailor-made tours that will get you to the heart of this beautiful ancient city. They will not only show you the most popular attraction on the surface level, but also allow you to see the city as a local and create your own story.
  3. Athenian drivers do not stand out for their great command of traffic rules, so even crossing the street at a place designated for this, be very careful.
  4. Taxi prices in Athens are the highest in all of Greece. If the taxi driver cannot tell you the exact price of the journey and asks for more than 30 euros, it is best to refrain from resorting to his service. The alternatives are public transport, which might not be the most convenient but is pretty reliable in Athens, and renting your own car. This option is the most convenient but not most economic.
  5. Athens is a quiet city, so you can stroll through its main streets even at night. Many stores and bars open 24 hours, so do not deprive yourself of enjoying the pleasures of the city’s nightlife.
  6. While it is not mandatory to thank the services provided by taxi drivers, waiters and hotel employees with a tip, it is recommended and most people tip well in Athens.
  7. Athens is a true paradise for smokers, since smoking is allowed almost anywhere and it will be difficult to find a sign that prohibits it in the city.
  8. In the local pharmacies, the professional experts of the sector will not only advise all the interested persons on the properties of different medicine, but they will also allow measuring blood pressure at no cost.
  9. Most stores and large shopping centers are closed on Sundays. In the opinion of experienced tourists, the most expensive items are usually electronic devices. In some commercial surfaces these devices can be almost twice as expensive as the European average. So plan your shopping spree accordingly!
  10. Virtually all beaches are public. But if the beach is equipped with umbrellas and sun beds, beach goers have to pay to use them. This is recommended and they’re usually rather cheap.
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Homecoming Dress collection is a unique idea that has got much popularity all across the world and has gained the attention of the interested watch lovers to find the best range of luxury watches on cheap rates. A fun semi-formal party dress that has great inspirational ideas to help the people to find their interest relevant data to fulfill the demand of the people.  To find a design you’ll love in this collection can greatly inspire the interested audiences to resolve their issues who are really interested to wear the best dress collections. There are many brands in the market which have their own ideas which can be appreciated to fulfill the requirements of the people. Many fashion brands introduce their unique collection and creative inspiration ideas to wear on multiple occasions. suknie ślubne are one of the best fashion collection ranges among luxury watch lovers which inspire the people and have the best opportunities to choose the best collection in luxury watch series. The choices are of different colors which depend upon the interests of the people and people always find the best compatible markets. There are many top-class world-famous fashion brands which have creative ideas and design scheme for the interested communities and mostly ladies like to best ideas

How to Find the Best Online Fashion Dresses

There are many online shops and fashion brands that always makes ready to provide the best quality fashion ideas in different types of fashion stuff and dressing collection. Almost every fashion brand tries to involve the best range in fashion the variety which can satisfy their needs and can be helpful to show their personalizes. Many local and international brands always try to introduce such a unique idea and awesome response to explore the people something new and attractive to provide them their interest relevant suiting. Ladies mostly get inspired by the unique styles, unique dressing and unique lifestyle which help them to choose the best designs for perfect dressing. From the huge collection, JJ’s House have great ideas which have numerous attractive designs for modern fashion lovers. Many dressing brands prepare the best styles, designs and attractive dressing to wear on different occasions. The size, style, colors and the quality of fabrics provide some estimations and forecasting to decide the best range for perfect wearers. 

What are the Prices of Homecoming Dresses?

Due to variation in fabric stuff and quality of the materials and stitching variety the designs of the homecoming dresses have unique collections for the interested fashion lovers. Ladies always seek the best dress designs which they never use before. The prices vary from quality to quality and from design to design and nothing is inaccessible for any interested client who knows the actual value of a brand product. Having knowledge and awareness from specific brand item has a value and importance for the client which urge them to take necessary actions and to choose the best quality of event dresses to wear on almost all occasions. Almost everywhere in the world, there are many fashion brands which have unique dress collection and attractive designs to meet the expectations of the interested watch lovers.


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If it looks like CBD products are popping up in every health store, it’s because they are. Cannabidiol has captured our imagination thanks to countless reports hailing its medicinal value. What initially started as a fascination for stoners turned out to be a serious product with potential to shift the way Americans use pharmaceutical drugs. By choosing the premium CBD hemp flower products, many have enjoyed the benefits.

Keep in mind that the U.S. is one of the most stressed out countries in the world – as many as a third of the population struggle with stress and anxiety in a way that reduces their quality of life.

It doesn’t help that we have an unhealthy fondness for drinking. Studies reveal that over 40%of Americans abuse alcohol to the extent that it causes regular hangovers, DUIs, stress, insomnia, and liver diseases.

With so many people in need of a chill pill, it makes sense that CBD hemp flower products are in high demand. There’s even talk of CBD surpassing medical marijuana in sales (by 2020) and considering the fact that cannabidiol products bring in a revenue of 20$ billion a year, it does look like people are becoming aware of their health. A lot of people are also buying wholesale CBD from Essentia Pura

But alcohol isn’t the only drug causing problems for millennial; opioid sales in the U.S. are high by any standards. Millions of people have a destructive love affair with cocaine and methamphetamine – and it’s not like these drugs have any healing power or value to the body and mind; people use them because they them feel great.

It should therefore come as no surprise thatmany have relied on pharmaceutical solutions to stress and anxiety; which involves the highly addictive non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSADs). The problem with using pills like Xanax for long is that they create hormonal imbalances that they sometimes lead to sleep deprivation, low libido, headaches, and many other side effects.

It’s strange to think that a single cannabinoid compound that produces zero buzz can become such a big deal, but it is happening. All you have to do is walk into any health store or a convenience store and there’s a whole array of CBD products for just about everything from skin irritation, nausea, back pain, anxiety, and even PMS.

So is CBD worth all this hype?

Perhaps what makes CBD so popular is the fact that it works for a vast majority of users. Also, medical studies have shown very little concern in terms of side effects, and many of the peopleusing pharmaceuticals to treat pain and anxiety have had problems with the drugs.

CBD works with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS)and as such, the compound doesn’t actually interruptneurological function to generate relief. Instead, it activates specific cannabinoids within the ECS (meaning they are produced naturally in the body) and this allows it to target a wide range of ailments.

The human Endocannabinoid System is connected to just about some of the most essential biological functions including sleep, appetite, pain, and mood; and so by enhancing some of the functions of the ECS, cannabidiol can be used successfully to generate immediate relief from conditions that afflict many people today.

The FDA has already approved the sale of CBD products as long as they are extracted from hemp and not cannabis. This is important because cannabis is still banned in many states, and of course drug tests are a common thing in the corporate world. What makes it unique as a drug is the fact that it doesn’t actually get you high or alter brain function in a way that gives you a buzz. On the contrary, it might actually help you sober up if you have other drugs in your system.

CBD is currently being used to treat addiction (check out this report from CNN) with resounding success. The people using CBD are not looking for a buzz; if that were the case, THC would be the cannabinoid of choice as opposed to cannabidiol. What people want is a treatment that clears up the body and mind and boosts energy naturally – which is interesting because alcohol and opioid sales are still high. Whether these people plan to use CBD and still take other drugs is not clear yet, but it is likely that the younger generation are interested in the idea of using a cannabis compound to restore health, rather than quittingdrugs entirely.

A Recent poll by Gallup found that half of Americans believe that CBD has medicinal value, and a whopping 61% want to see it on the shelves in every drug store. The hemp market, it seems, is still growing and hopefully, it will lead to higher quality of life for many of the people using it.



Dee Dental Paisley

5 County Place

Just across from Paisley Gilmour train station and The Last Post pub.

In June 2019 Dr Dinah Naasan took over the practice and has been modernising our surgeries and has introduced a fully computerized system with the very best in digital imaging. The practice has also had a makeover and we have invested in the best equipment to allow us to provide the highest level of care to our patients on the NHS and privately.

At Dee Dental we provide a range of services from routine dental exams right through to complex dental implants, braces, mini smile makeovers, cosmetic and aesthetic procedures and also teeth whitening.

Dr Dinah Naasan, a qualified dentist, is fully trained in anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers and has been providing treatments since 2015 in both Glasgow and Perth.

We currently have our summer teeth whitening offer, with it only running until the end of August at this amazing price of £149 grab it while you can!! :D  t&c’s apply please do not hesitate to contact us to book in for a consultation on 0141 889 2741 or you can also book online at

Head on over to our facebook or Instagram page for more information, pictures and videos on our wide range of treatments and also keep an eye out for our competitions running on our facebook page!! :D  – Dee Dental Paisley


Hard-pressed commuters in Paisley are set to pay hundreds of pounds more to travel on ScotRail services after it was announced regulated rail fares and seasons tickets will increase by 2.8% in January.

Analysis by Neil Bibby MSP has shown that a season ticket from Paisley to Glasgow will rise by £25 to £921.08 next year.

Neil Bibby MSP said:

“It’s simply unfair for hard-pressed Paisley commuters to pay more and more for services which are continually plagued by delays, cancellations and overcrowding.

This rip off fare increase, is unwanted, unwelcome and unnecessary and will hit thousands of working people in Paisley and across Scotland who use our railways to get to work.

Scotland’s rail franchise system is broke, we need to bring ScotRail back into public hands to bring an end to these rip off fares and to deliver a railway system that puts passengers first not private train companies.”

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Before 2015, payday lenders were charging exorbitant interest rates on loans that drove many of their victims to bankruptcy, while others never seemed to get out of debt in spite of how much more they paid in comparison to the amount they borrowed.

The FCA Intervention of 2015

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) had to step in to handle the situation and regulate the market back into some sort of stability. 

The ensuing strict restrictions on payday loans and their lenders limited the exploitative capabilities of the system as a result. There were three primary rules introduced to get that result, which are as follows.

Limiting the Roll-Overs

Payday loans could no longer be rolled over forever, which meant that the debt had to come to a stop, instead of becoming a lifetime burden in a downhill rolling snowball pattern.


HCSTC stands for high-cost short-term credit, which entails more than just payday loans, but payday loans were certainly the prime target of the caps introduced by the FCA. To know more about the HCSTC caps, check out the FCA website here.

Financial Condition and Affordability Checks

If someone takes a payday loan and is incapable of paying it off in time, it would naturally begin to go up to ridiculous amounts, even with the FCA regulations, unfortunately. This is why the Financial Conduct Authority introduced mandatory affordability checks and guidance on the borrower’s own financial condition.

This meant people were now being well informed about the interest rates, how much they would have to pay each month and in total, what the penalty of missing payments would be, and what would be the total amount of money they would have to pay by the end of their payday loan tenure. 

Also, payday lenders must now make sure that the individual applying for the loan can actually afford to pay it back with interest before approving it.

The Impact of the FCA Standards Gave Rise to FCA-Authorized Payday Lenders

A lending business such as LoanPig is an FCA approved, authorised, and regulated payday lender that cannot go beyond the legal stipulations put into place by the Financial Conduct Authority. You can find out more about them on their official website, where every little detail about each loan amount, associated interest rates and the eligibility criterions are clearly mentioned.

That’s a fine example of how FCA managed to control the fluctuating market conditions, as payday lenders now have to either abide by the rules or be deemed illegal.

In spite of the success seen in the last four years, there is still room for improvement. During surveys, it was reported that a good number of lenders were not conforming to the rules, while some of the borrowers are finding it difficult to understand the interest rates, APR, etc., even now. Perhaps a revision is in order to further improve the situation in light of Brexit and the constantly dropping value of the pound sterling.



Despite having a moderate population of 5 million, Republic of Ireland offers massive opportunities for higher education. With 7 of its public universities ranked at the top 700 in the QS world rankings, Ireland boasts the amenities to make it a hub for higher education. The courses are not confined to the STEM fields, they have a number of vocational programs in the field of hospitality, healthcare, pharmacy, textiles, mass communication and other marketing related fraternities. 5 of the country’s best universities are located in the capital city of Dublin. The state of the art campuses are enriched with the beautiful countryside and the historically rich culture. All these factors make Ireland an attractive destination to pursue post-graduation Here is a list of top universities in Ireland which comprise of finely crafted courses and top notch teaching faculties. 



  1. Trinity College Dublin – Republic of Ireland hosts one of the most ancient universities in the territory of the UK namely, Trinity College Dublin. It dates back to the time of 1952 and was modelled sometime after the universities of Cambridge and Oxford. It is considered to be the most ancient and prestigious higher education institute in Ireland consisting of over 17000 students in the departments like Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics and Health Sciences. Trinity provides its students with a personal tutor and an on campus Careers Advisory Service. 


  1. University College Dublin – It has a reputation for excellence in research in the humanities and sciences. In the medical field it is amongst the top universities worldwide. Rightly known as ‘Ireland’s global university’ it hosts thousands of international students, exchange programmes and has collaborated with imminent universities worldwide. Founded in 1854, UCD has its roots in the Catholic university of Ireland. It is a cluster of 5 colleges, 34 schools and 18 research institutes and centres. It has been the alma mater of some of the most notable alumni. To name a few writer James Joyce, actor Gabriel Byrne, director of Amnesty International Sean MacBride. 


  1. National University of Ireland- Its prestigious history spans almost a couple of centuries making it amongst the top 1% of universities across the world. NUI Galway offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and a wide range of part-time diplomas and degrees, as well as flexible learning, professional qualifications and online learning options. NUI Galway has five Colleges, 16 Schools and over 60 academic disciplines. As an institution of research and learning the university fosters and encourages strategic global engagement through engagements and partnerships. 96% undergraduates and 95% postgraduates are in employment or further studies within 6 months of graduation.


  1. University College Cork- The university was founded in 1845 as one of the three Queen’s colleges located in Belfast, Cork and Galway. It was named the Irish University of the year by the Sunday times in the year 2017 on five different occasions. University College Cork was the world’s first university to receive the international Green Flag for environmental sustainability in 2010, and has received five QS Stars for its overall performance. To add to the list of achievements by the UCC, it received a funding of $96 million in 2016, which was a 21% increase and an all-time high in the 5 year period. UCC’s Office of technology transfer is dedicated to commercialise the research in numerous fields such as arts, technology, commerce, engineering, food sciences, medicine, law, Celtic studies, social studies, biomedicine and other relevant fraternities. It encourages the extracurricular acumen of students and has over a 100 active societies and 50 sports clubs, a majority of which are sponsored by the Bank of Ireland. University College Cork aims at enhancing research and innovation.


  1. Dublin City University-  Established in 1975, the Dublin City University gained its university status in 1989, making it one of the youngest institutions not only in Dublin but also Ireland. It has an impressive record in the field of research as it is acclaimed to bring in more research per faculty member than any other Irish university. The university has 5 stunning state of the art campuses which are the main campus, sports campus, St. Patrick’s campus, innovation campus and all hallows campus. DCU has extensive teaching and research facilities, including television and sound studios, computer laboratories and networking facilities, language and interpreting laboratories, a video-conferencing suite, and print and graphical laboratories. These are in addition to modern research and teaching laboratories in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering.


  1. The Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI)- The RCSI has been a renowned surgical college in Ireland since it was granted a royal charter in 1784. Royal College of Surgeons Ireland continues to be home to the National Surgical Training Centre and is responsible for delivering excellence in surgical education and training, setting and supporting the highest possible standards. It is religiously committed to solving the biggest challenges faced in modern healthcare. To do so it has several provisions in the field of research and innovation wherein they enhance patient treatment, informs policy and clinical practice and also improves the quality of education of the healthcare professionals. They understand the importance of a holistic development of all the stakeholders in the field of healthcare in order to construct a progressive environment for them which would steer away from potential obstacles. From the architecture of its campus to their incredible events, RCSI is a unique place to kick-start your career.


  1. Institute of Technology Carlow-  It is one of the largest technology colleges in Ireland. IT Carlow provides higher educational full-time programmes, along with research and enterprise development opportunities, through its centres in Carlow and Wexford. Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) is an integral part of IT Carlow’s activities and is a vital aspect of the interaction of the Institute with industry and other higher educational and research institutes, on both a national and international basis. Its collaborative RDI programmes have been variously funded by the Department of Agriculture Ireland, the European INTERREG Programme, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) PRTLI, the HEA Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), EU Framework Programmes, Industry, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Irish Research Council for Science Engineering & Technology (IRCSET), the Technological Sector Research Programme (TSR, Department of Education and Science Ireland), Enterprise Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland. The Institute has a strategic collaborative relationship with Teagasc Oak Park Research Centre Carlow.



Conclusion: – 


Ireland provides the best of facilities both in terms of education and prospective job opportunities after graduation or post-graduation. The above given list of colleges have strong records in offering world class courses and programmes teamed with their research centres and foreign collaboration. This ensures that a meritorious student is able to produce extraordinary results with the right guidance and proper exposure. Choose whichever university checks all the parameters in your list and apply accordingly. 



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