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 3rd August 2018


CCPC blocks plans for coordinated charge for restaurant ‘no-shows’

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has blocked plans by the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI) to bring about an industry-wide charge for ‘no-shows’. According to an article in the Irish Times earlier this week, the CCPC said that businesses can act independently but trade associations cannot ‘influence or attempt to co-ordinate the pricing decisions of its members or decisions on the terms under which’ services are provided.

Read the full article here: ‘Restaurants’ plans to charge for ‘no-shows’ blocked’, by Mark Paul, The Irish Times, 28th July 2018.


Pricewatch readers’ complaints about Aer Lingus

It seems that Aer Lingus is also not immune from customer service issues and complaints. Check out this Pricewatch article by Conor Pope to find out more about the problems experienced by some customers recently.

Read the full article here: ‘Passengers far from happy with Aer Lingus customer service’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 30th July 2018.


UK gambling regulator’s new rules to protect consumers better

The UK’s Gambling Commission will bring in new rules (from October 31st) to better protect gamblers from misleading promotions and allowing them to be able to withdraw their money more easily.

Read the full article here: ‘Gambling regulator announces crackdown on advertising and consumer law breaches’, Press Association,, 1st August 2018.


Pope visit souvenirs selling fast

Apparently Pope paraphernalia has been flying off the shelves around Dublin. Check out the Pricewatch article to find out where – that’s if you’re so inclined to purchase some yourself.

Read the full article here: ‘Papal paraphernalia ‘selling like hotcakes’ as retailers cash in on Pope’s visit’, by Conor Pope, The Irish Times, 1st August 2018. 


The latest on the Ryanair strikes

Unfortunately this section of the Consumer News Round-up is starting to become quite a regular thing. Let’s hope not for too long! Until then, we’ll continue to gather some of the latest news about the on-going Ryanair strikes:

Read the articles here: