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 27th July 2018


Call for SMEs to increase online presence

‘A business without ecommerce or, indeed, a website or social media presence, cannot compete’, that’s according to David Curtin of IE Domain Registry. In a world where consumers are buying more online and cross-border it certainly seems like sound advice. Check out the opinion piece that featured in Irish Independent earlier this week.

Read the full article here: ‘SMEs must join retail revolution and sell online’, by David Curtin, Irish Independent, 22nd July 2018. 


The cost of back-to-school season

Getting the kids ready for going back to school can certainly cost more than a few bob for parents. Conor Pope’s Pricewatch article examines how these costs arise in a supposedly ‘free education’ system.

Read the full article here: ‘Preparing for back-to-school season’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 23rd July 2018.


Step forward for bill to tackle selling of overpriced tickets and bots

Consumers will be glad to hear that a bill that aims to ban the selling of tickets for more than their face value and the use of ‘bot’ software to snap up tickets quickly has been given Cabinet backing. Fine Gael TD Noel Rock, who along with Fianna Fáil TD Stephen Donnelly put forward the bill, says it is now his ambition to see that the bill is passed by the Dáil and becomes law as soon as possible. Minster of State for Sport, Brendan Griffin, has said everyone involved in the sale of tickets for large concerts and sporting events ‘will have to come on board’.

Read the full articles here:


This week’s Ryanair stories

If you missed the latest about the Ryanair strikes, never fear – we’ve got you covered. Here you find some this week’s news stories and interviews, including an interview with Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs on The Pat Kenny show.

Check out the full articles/interviews here: