Martin Lane

Martin Lane

Martin has over 10 years writing experience, and was previously the Managing Editor of and Financial Services Content Lead at uSwitch. He has often appeared as a guest on UK radio stations, including BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, talking about personal finance, insurance and managing your money. At, Martin oversees the articles and guides written by the team and helps edit the email and social media posts.

Recent by Martin

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Compare SIM-only bill pay deals

Looking for a SIM-only mobile phone plan? can help you find the best deal.

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iPhone deals

The Apple iPhone continues to revolutionise and lead the way when it comes to mobile phones. Here’s how to pick the right iPhone for your needs and how to get the best deal.

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7 ways to save money on your home insurance

Home insurance protects our belongings and the property itself but it can be expensive. Here are 7 easy ways to save some euro on your home insurance cover.

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Your guide to contents insurance

Contents insurance protects your belongings and possessions from theft and damage. Here’s how contents insurance works and how to choose the right cover.

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A guide to TV sports packages

If you’re a sports fan, a standard digital TV package may not cut it. Here’s how to choose a sports package that lets you watch all the action for less.

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Samsung Galaxy deals in Ireland

The Samsung Galaxy range is one of the most popular ranges of handsets on sale worldwide. Here’s how the current Samsung Galaxy offers compare in Ireland.

Everything by Martin

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How to unlock your mobile phone

Unlocking your phone takes minutes and lets you pick the best SIM only deal on the market. Here’s how to unlock your handset.

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How do boiler servicing plans work?

If your boiler breaks you could be without heating or hot water, boiler cover ensures you can get it fixed without a hefty bill. Here’s what boiler service plans cover and how to work out if they’re worth it.

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Do you need travel insurance?

Travel insurance gives you vital financial protection should something go wrong on your holiday. Here’s a closer look at what it offers and whether it’s worth paying for.

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How to get the best family travel insurance

Family travel insurance offers protection for your whole family when you travel abroad. Here’s how to save money and protect your loved ones with a family travel policy.

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Do you need mobile phone insurance?

Phone insurance can offer valuable financial protection if you lose or damage your phone, but it can also be expensive. Here’s how to work out whether you really need it and how to pick the right cover.

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How does gift and inheritance tax work?

If you receive a gift or inheritance you may have to pay tax on it. Here’s a closer look at how gifts and inheritance are taxed in Ireland.

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Water bills: What charges will you have to pay?

Gone are the days of limitless free tap water in Ireland. Here’s a closer look at the charges from Irish Water and how to avoid them.

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How to stay safe online

The internet can be a risky place especially for your personal data. Here’s how to stay safe online.

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Your guide to winter sports travel insurance

If you’re hitting the slopes finding the right travel insurance before you ski is crucial. Here’s a closer look at winter sports ski insurance and what extra benefits it offers.

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How to get the right home insurance cover

Home insurance protects your home and belongings should the worst happen. Here’s what you need to know about home insurance and getting the right cover.

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What is backpacker travel insurance?

If you’re planning a gap year or a long holiday you may need to get specialist travel cover before your go. Here’s a closer look at backpacker insurance and what it offers.

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How to get travel insurance as you get older

As you get older, finding the right cover for your holiday can be tricky and expensive. Here’s how to get the right travel insurance without paying more than you need to.