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Last month
September 2023
Watchdog concerned at increase in Irish people planning to retire without a pension
There is an increase in people planning to retire relying on cash savings only.
This year
Consumer watchdog issues choking warning over absorbent water beads often used as sensory toys
They are small and colourful, which the CCPC says makes them attractive to toddlers and babies, who may instinctively put them in their mouths.
Student accommodation dash: Scarce rooms, few protections and potential scams
A report by
Muiris O'Cearbhaill
A warning from the CCPC is paired with a severe lack of affordable student accommodation in Ireland’s four largest student towns.
Gardaí have reported a 65% increase in accommodation scams in recent years.
A USI spokesperson described the lack of available accomodation as "absolutely insane".
Dublin City Council chief criticised for suggesting UCD SU should build houses to fix shortage
'We're outraged, we're frustrated: Students to sleep outside Dáil to highlight accommodation crisis
Consumer protection watchdog opens in-depth investigation into Dublin Airport car park acquisition
It follows a preliminary investigation and a number of third party submissions to the CCPC about the proposal.
Analysis: What are the pros and cons of allowing DAA's proposed car park monopoly?
Catarina Marvão looks at what DAA’s plan to buy a private carpark near Dublin Airport would mean for consumers.
Consumer protection watchdog investigating whether GAA Go breaches competition law
GAAGO has proved controversial in recent months due to several high-profile matches being broadcast behind a paywall.
No evidence that Irish supermarkets are engaging in price gouging, report finds
The consumer protection watchdog compiled the report after Enterprise Minister Simon Coveney wrote to them about the grocery retail sector.
DAA deal to buy closed car park near Dublin Airport subject to competition authority approval
DAA said the purchase would immediately restore 6,200 parking spaces, but the CCPC said the review has not prevented DAA from ‘operating a car parking business’.
Holidaymakers advised to be cautious with travel adapters following recalls
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission is currently working to have several adapters recalled.
Labour call for investigation into 'price gouging' by supermarket chains
Ged Nash said that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission needed to examine the matter.
Artificial intelligence to be used to ensure influencers comply with advertising code
The Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland ‘will use tech tools to capture information to assess’ social media posts.
Last year
Sale of self-feeding pillows banned after CCPC rules they pose 'risk of death or serious harm'
The products are to be withdrawn from sale immediately.
Almost half of adverts posted by social media influencers not labelled as such, research finds
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission today published its report on social media influencers.
40,000 unsafe chargers recalled due to 'serious risk' of shock
The charger poses a risk of electrical shock, overheating, and catching fire.
One in four people intend to use some form of borrowing to fund Christmas spending
The average consumer expects to spend €1,200 on Christmas, a 20% increase on last year.
Sixty per cent of Ulster Bank and KBC customers report 'challenges' when switching providers
Transferring direct debits and payments continues to be the most significant issue.
GAA and CCPC team up to warn players about the risks of unsafe GAA helmets
Players have been warned against modifying helmets or buying from online market places.
Almost 1 in 4 people close to retirement age have no pension plan
38% of adults surveyed have no pension plan in place.
Mortgage holders could save thousands by switching when fixed rate ends - consumer watchdog
The CCPC told the Department of Finance that it is concerned by the “impending increase” in the concentration of Ireland’s retail banking sector.
Competition watchdog green lights Permanent TSB's €7.6 billion deal with Ulster Bank
The deal includes 25 of Ulster Bank’s branches.
Passengers who missed flights due to Dublin Airport chaos have 'no automatic right to redress'
Dublin Airport Authority may also face financial penalties, according to regulators.
Watchdog clears Bank of Ireland €9 billion KBC deal despite 'significant' concerns
The sale would see Bank of Ireland acquire KBC’s performing loan assets.
Competition authority launches full probe into Permanent TSB's €7.6 billion Ulster Bank deal
The investigation will determine whether the proposed acquisition could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the State.
AIB cleared to acquire €4.2 billion Ulster Bank loan porfolio
Ulster Bank is set to withdraw all of its banking services from Ireland.
No 'clear' legal breach by Van Gogh events but consumers asked to report any 'misleading' practice
Ireland’s consumer watchdog has encouraged consumers to contact it if they have evidence of any ‘misleading commercial practice’.
Is your bank exiting the market? Take action soon, experts say. Here's what you need to know
A report by
Ian Curran
Ulster Bank and KBC Bank are in the process of winding down their Irish operations as announced last year.
Ulster Bank and KBC Bank are in the process of winding down their Irish operations as announced last year.
Concerns have been raised in recent months about the scale of the logistical challenges involved.
Consumer experts say customers have time to sort out new arrangements but they should "take action" soon.
Ulster Bank gives current and deposit account customers six months' notice to switch providers
Separately, KBC Bank announced yesterday that from June, customers will get 90 days’ notice to move their accounts.
Consumer watchdog warns of potential dangers of baby nests and baby sleeping bags
Baby nests and sleep bags pose a number of possible safety risks, the CCPC said.
Ulster Bank to write to customers, giving them six months to close current and deposit accounts
It’s part of the NatWest-owned bank’s phased withdrawal from the market in the Republic of Ireland, announced in February 2021.
Petrol prices: Consumer watchdog receives almost 200 complaints in two weeks
The CCPC has urged anyone with information about cartel behaviour and collusion to come forward as a whistleblower.
Taoiseach says fuel price gouging 'morally reprehensible' as watchdog receives 25 more complaints
It comes after allegations of price gouging by service station chains were aired in Dáil Éireann yesterday.
EU experts to discuss Genrui antigen tests after people report hundreds of false positives
Irish retailers have taken the at-home Covid-19 test kits off the shelves.
All time
One in three people plan to borrow to fund their Christmas spending this year
The new research has shown that consumers expect to spend an average of almost €1,000 this festive season.
Watchdog orders shop to refund customers who never received PS5 consoles bought last year
The consoles were bought as gifts for Christmas 2020 but never received.
Shoppers being warned to protect themselves from rogue traders in lead up to Christmas
The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has issued advice to consumers.
No sanctions against car insurers over alleged pricing practices despite five-year probe
Pearse Doherty said the consumer watchdog needs expanded powers to deal with competition law breaches.
Car insurers set to introduce new compliance measures following CCPC investigation
The CCPC started its investigation in 2016.
Customers still waiting for refunds after PS5 consoles were not delivered before Christmas
The consoles were purchased from Innovate, a store based in Ennis, as Christmas presents.
CCPC rejects plans by four Irish banks to set up an industry-wide quick payment app
The CCPC was notified of the proposal from AIB, BOI, KBC and Permanent TSB earlier this month.
Ticketmaster to remove exclusivity clauses from contracts with venues after agreement with regulator
Ticketmaster denied breaching competition law arising from the CCPC’s investigation but has agreed to a number of measures.