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 8th March 2019


Snow disruption at Dublin Airport

There was considerable disruption at Dublin Airport at the weekend after heavy snowfall resulting in flight delays or rerouting.

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Go to our air passenger rights section for more information on what to do and your rights if your flight is disrupted.


Most of us unaware of what interest rates we’re paying on credit cards

Unsurprisingly, most consumers are unaware what interest rate they are paying on their credit cards, that’s according to a survey by the League of Credit Unions (ILCU). The survey found that two-thirds of people have little or no understanding of how credit card interest rates work.

Read the full article here: ‘Consumers unaware of credit card interest rates’, by Conall Ó Fátharta, Irish Examiner, 6th March 2019. 


European Commission refers Ireland to the EU Court of Justice over Package Holiday Directive

The European Commission announced this week that it has referred Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU over its failure to transpose the EU Package Travel Directive into national legislation. Ireland could face fines of up to €1.2 million.

Read the full article here: ‘Failure to adopt EU package holiday rules puts government on course for €1.2m fine’, by Seán McCárthaigh, The Times, 8th March 2019. 

Check out our previous blog post about the new Package Travel Directive here.


UK open to working with EU on keeping airlines flying after Brexit

The UK Government has said that it will work with the EU and match an offer to keep airlines’ flying rights in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Read the full article here: ‘UK matches EU to keep airlines flying under Brexit’, Irish Examiner, 8th March 2019.