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 9th November 2018


Cost of living increases to put families under even more pressure 

According to an article by Conor Pope in The Irish Times earlier this week, prices for key essentials such as groceries, mortgage payments, utility bills, motoring, phones, etc, have increased over the last 12 months and will continue to grow, costing families thousands extra.

Read the full article here: ‘Families feel the pinch as cost of living rises to over €50,000 a year’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Time, 5th November 2018. 


CCPC online shopping advice

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission’s column in the Irish Independent had some great advice in relation to online shopping, cancelling a holiday, hiring an estate agent, and subscription scams.

Read the full article here: ‘What are my online shopping rights? Your questions answered’, Irish Independent, 4th November, 2018.


Some advice about saving money on your energy bills

The cold dark nights are coming in and with it the energy bills start to increase in cost. In this week’s Irish Examiner’s Making Cents column, Grainne McGuinness gives some tips on how you can save money. Who doesn’t need those tips?

Read the full article here: ‘Making Cents: How to save on your energy bills’, by Grainne McGuinness, Irish Examiner, 6th November 2018.


Less than half of consumers switch car insurance at renewal 

It seems that Irish consumers are not great at looking at other options and switching their car insurance ahead of renewal, and some consumers don’t even know who their insurer is.

Read the full article here: ‘Less than half of consumers switched car insurance at last renewal’, by Fiona Reddan, The Irish Times, 7th November 2018.


Price hikes on the way for some broadband and TV customers

Bad news for some broadband and TV customers as price hikes are planned by some providers. According to Charlie Weston writing in the Irish Independent, Sky Ireland and Virgin Media have announced increases. So far, Vodafone and Eir have no immediate plans for price rises.

Read the full article here: ‘Customers face €60 hike in Sky broadband and TV costs’, by Charlie Weston, Irish Independent, 7th November 2018.