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 29th June 2018


More than 800 Irish Ferries bookings yet to be re-arranged

According to the Irish Times, Irish Ferries is yet to re-arrange more than 800 bookings that were cancelled due to delays in the completion of a new vessel. The National Transport Authority, who is the competent national enforcement body here, is handling about 30 complaints so far that have been elevated to them.

Read the full article here: ‘Irish Ferries yet to re-arrange more than 800 bookings’, by Emer Handly, The Irish Times, 22nd June 2018.


Companies bulk buying from Asian-based websites and selling on at marked-up prices to Irish consumers

This interesting article in explores how, and why, some companies here buy from Asian-based websites and then sell on the products at a marked-up price to Irish consumers. It also features advice from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) about your rights as well as information from the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI) about misleading advertising.

Read the full article here: ‘How and why do boutiques and influencers buy and resell items made in Asia?’,, 24th June 2018.


French Air Traffic Controllers strike again – some 100 flights expected to be affected

At this stage it’s probably not going to be much of a surprise – the French Air Traffic Controllers is threatening another wave of strikes for this coming weekend. According to the Irish Independent, Ryanair expects to cancel up to 100 flights if the strike goes ahead.

Read the full article here: ‘Over 100 flights cancelled this weekend as latest French strikes hit Irish holidaymakers’, by Pól Ó Conghaile, Irish Independent, 29th June 2018.


Tips on renting a car

This Travel Talk article in the Irish Independent had to secure a spot this week because there’s some really good tips for renting a car for your holiday.

Read the full article here: ‘Car hire – How to avoid getting taken for a rider with your holiday rental’, by John Cradden, 29th June 2018.