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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 14th September 2018

 

Ryanair – from priority boarding refunds to strikes

A Consumer News Round-up is not complete without a mention of Ryanair. The articles featured here focus on refunds (worth approximately €400,000) being issued to priority boarding customers because of the new baggage policy. There are news items about an upcoming strike, described as ‘the biggest ever’. Brace yourselves!

Read the articles here:

 

How to save a bit of cash on your TV package

Anyone looking to save a bit of cash on TV (let’s face it, we all are) might find this article by Conor Pope very useful.

Read the full article here: ‘Are you paying over the odds for your TV package?’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 10th September 2018.

 

Car buyers in the Republic making the most of weak Sterling

We all love a good bargain, and car buyers here are no different. Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that consumers in the Republic are taking advantage of the weakness in sterling by buying cars from the UK.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers opting for used car imports while sterling remains weak’, by Eoin Burke-Kennedy, The Irish Times, 10th September 2018.

 

Cadbury stockpiling chocolate and biscuits in preparation for hard Brexit

Chocolate lovers may be concerned to know that the owner of Cadbury are currently stockpiling chocolate, biscuits, and ingredients in case of a no-deal Brexit. Not the chocolate, anything but that!!!

Read the full article here: ‘Cadbury owner stockpiling chocolate and biscuits in case of hard brexit’, TheJournal.ie, 11th September 2018.

 

No-deal Brexit could result in ‘inadvertent’ roaming charges for border consumers

Consumers living near the border in Northern Ireland have been warned that a no-deal Brexit could result in ‘inadvertent’ roaming charges, if their mobiles pick up stronger signals from the Republic.

Read the full article here: ‘Mobile phone users in the North warned of ‘inadvertent’ roaming charges in no-deal Brexit’, Irish Examiner, 13th September 2018.

 

Irish tourist company goes bust leaving holidaymakers out of pocket

Irish tourist company, Exploring Vacations, went out of business this week resulting in holidaymakers being left out of pocket.

Read the full article here: ‘Holidaymakers out of pocket after Mullingar company ceases trading’, Irish Examiner, 14th September 2018.