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Raising a family single-handedly, longer working hours, less socializing and financial restrictions mean that for many, the traditional ways of meeting potential suitors are being replaced with online dating and social media sites.But according to Jennifer Haskins, who gave internet dating a go, these have their pitfalls when it comes to separating “the men from the boys”.And the interview process is the best way of separating the wheat from the chaff.“We can’t Garda-vet our members but put it like this, someone isn’t going to come to us and go through such a rigorous interview, sharing all their information like their date of birth, their address, what they do for a living, their background and family circumstances, if they have the option of just going on the internet, where they have none of those filters, and can be a predator, looking for vulnerable women,” she explains.“We don’t attract those type of people.In seven years we have never had one incident, not even a hint of anything happening. People are investing physically, financially and emotionally in this process.“But one of the things that’s important to point out is that we’re talking about 10 or 12 years ago when internet dating was in its infancy.
Who knows you might just meet that special someone! They have made a decision to come to us, they are looking for a life partner, a soul-mate.That’s what they come to an agency for.”Jennifer based her agency on the model of the now-defunct Dublin one she previously belonged to.What we promote is real human interaction.”Jennifer first mooted the possibility of establishing a dating agency around 12 years ago, after reading a magazine article about an Irish woman who’d set up Berkeley International, an elite London-based matchmaking agency.Having worked in manufacturing for many years, she had the necessary entrepreneurial skills to put her plan into action.
Now the most successful introduction and dating agency in Ireland, Two’s Company has members ranging in age from 25 to 80 years throughout Ireland, north and south.