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A new dating series Eochair an Ghrá, commenced on TG4 on Monday, January 12. Roughly translated into English, I believe this might mean Key to Love – although I could be wrong. This new 13 part series is presented by Eibhlín Ní Chonghaile and psychologist Kevin O hEaghra, who both travelled the width and breadth of the country, looking for the key presumably. The series claims to offer ‘a revealing new approach of getting people together’ as each week a singleton is given the opportunity to discover the characteristics of three potential dates by analysing their houses and choosing their favourite one without ever meeting the owner. That must be where the key thing comes in.

A survey in the UK has indicated that many single people feel financially vulnerable and at risk of debt. Research from insurance firm Zurich revealed that many British singletons worry about the financial implications of being without a partner, but very few of them seek advice about their situation. The study showed that 35 per cent of unattached people in the UK are concerned about the cost of the single life, while 70 per cent have never consulted a financial adviser.
“The research has demonstrated that there is a real need for financial advice, particularly among people who are single,” said Tony Solomon, business development director at Zurich UK Life. “The fact that more than a third of single adults worry about the added financial cost of being single suggests that being single in this current economic climate may be more fretful than fabulous.”

Scientists have discovered that people can have a love that lasts a lifetime. How comforting. Of course this is not really relevant if you don’t have a partner. In any case, using brain scans, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have discovered a small number (note it’s only a small amount) of couples respond with as much passion after 20 years together as most people only do during the early stages of romance. The brains of couples together for 20 years were examined and then compared with results from new lovers. About ten percent of the mature couples had the same chemical reactions when shown photographs of their loved ones as those just starting out. How twee. Previous research has suggested that the first stages of romantic love fade within 15 months and after ten years it has gone completely.

Back again to the UK’s relentless examination of single people. The latest research suggests that one in five do not have a will drawn up, and therefore risk their dying wishes being unheard and having their estate divided by the law. Standard Life’s 2008 Wills and Trusts Research Report shows that single people and those with children younger than 18, are less likely than those who are married or been married, to have a will. Unattached people were also less likely to have a trust set up or signed a power of attorney, jeopardising their potential IHT allowances and exemptions and making their legal affairs difficult to administer in case of serious illness or death.


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