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 5th October 2018


Brexit and rising cost of bills causing a bit of worry for consumers

The latest KBC Bank/ESRI consumer sentiment index has revealed a sharp fall in September, the lowest level since December 2016. This has been attributed to concerns about Brexit, sharp increases in energy and housing costs as well as the upcoming Budget.

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How a hard Brexit can potentially hit Irish pockets

Another Brexit related story, this time by Conor Pope. It reveals the 16 ways a hard Brexit could affect consumers here in Ireland. It’s certainly worth a read.

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Campaign about buying puppies online

Consumer new has included this because, well, who doesn’t love puppies, and more importantly, anything that advocates for better animal welfare. The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) recently launched a campaign to educate people about the dangers of buying animals online. A video was released and the hashtag #PuppyDotCon as part of the campaign.

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ECC Ireland has unfortunately heard reports in the past about animals, including and horses, bought online through auction-type websites and other platforms.

Here’s a press release we issued on the subject:


Research finds consumers could save up to €300 a year by switching electricity and gas suppliers

New research, commissioned by the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities, has found that consumers could save up to €300 a year by just switching electricity and gas providers, however a third don’t bother.

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