Consumer News Round-up: CCPC contacts Ryanair over currency conversion, VHI price rise, Ireland grocery prices & small claims case against dating agency dismissed
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 21st June 2019
CCPC contacts Ryanair over currency conversion discrepancies for UK customers
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) has confirmed that it has contacted Ryanair about its currency conversion system. This follows criticism by Which? UK that the airline’s use of dynamic currency conversion resulted in higher prices for UK customers.
Read the full article here: ‘Consumer watchdog flies into Ryanair currency row’, by Sean Pollock, The Sunday Times, 16th June 2019.
Price rise for VHI customers
Bad news for VHI health insurance customers as prices are set to rise by 6% resulting in some policies rising in cost by more than €300 a year, according to The Irish Times.
Read the full article here: ‘VHI to hike prices by 6% with some premiums to rise by €300’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 19th June 2019.
Consumer prices figures show Ireland fourth most expensive in the EU for food and soft drinks
It’s not very surprising to find out that Ireland is currently the fourth most expensive country in the EU for food and soft drinks. When it comes to alcoholic beverages the situation is even more grim with Ireland ranked second most expensive, topped only by Finland.
Irish woman’s small claims case seeking refund from dating agency dismissed
An Irish woman brought a small claims case against dating agency Intro Matchmaking seeking a full refund. She claimed that the agency failed to provide her with the service she paid for because she was offered matches outside of Dublin. However, the case was dismissed on the basis that she had signed a contract and must abide by the terms of that contract.