European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland presents a round-up of the week’s consumer news – in case you missed it!


Consumer News round-up – week ending 30th March 2018

So much choice of broadband bundles but which one to go for?

It’s a question that all of us consumers ask ourselves a lot – what broadband bundle is good for me? This article in the money section of The Sunday Times (Ireland edition) could help you make that decision. It gives an overview of the various providers, the speeds and how location could be factor, as well as helping you think about what you actually need.

Read the full article here: ‘Money: Beware the byte of broadband bundles’, by Eithne Dunne, The Sunday Times (Ireland), 25th March 2018.


Is it a good time to buy health insurance?

The cost of health insurance has been a major factor in a lot of consumers not purchasing such cover, however, according to an article by Grainne McGuinness in the Irish Examiner, there’s a bit of a price war going on between the various providers. So, maybe after a read of this you may rethink your health insurance plans?

Read the full article here: ‘Making Cents: Good time to buy health insurance as price war looms’, by Grainne McGuinness, Irish Examiner, 27th March, 2018.


High Court emission scandal case could be largest consumer action in UK legal history

This article on is very interesting. It seems that thousands of UK consumers affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal are bringing a case to the High Court and it could be the largest consumer action in UK legal history. Watch this space!

Read the full article here: ‘One of the largest consumer actions in UK starts over Volkswagen emissions scandal’,, 27th March 2018.


New measures brought in by Central Bank to protect consumers from moneylenders

The Central Bank has published a consultation paper proposing new measures aimed at protecting consumers from moneylenders. It’s a move that has been welcomed by St Vincent de Paul who says that if enforced properly these measures have the potential to protect hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland. Let’s hope so.

Read the full article here: ‘Central Bank proposes tough new measures to protect consumers from moneylenders’,, 27th March 2018.


Consumers able to access online subscriptions in the EU from 1st April

If you’re a bit of a Netflix binge-watcher then you’ll love this. New EU portability rules come into effect from 1st April which means that consumers will be able to access their online subscriptions while travelling in the EU.

Read the full article here: ‘Irish people to be able to access online subscriptions from anywhere in the EU’, by Jack Quann,, 27th March 2018.

For more information, read this ECC Ireland post: New EU portability rules to allow holidaymakers access to online content subscriptions from 1st April.


European Commission’s proposals to limit transaction costs in EU welcomed by consumer group

According to an article on, the European Commission’s proposals to limit the costs involved in transferring money to non-Euro members and currency conversions abroad has been welcomed by EU consumer group BEUC.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers hail proposal to  limit transaction costs in EU’, by Jorge Valero,, 28th March 2018.