2011 News

‘Tis the season for gift vouchers

20 December 2011

Information, tips and advice on buying and receiving gift vouchers this Christmas season.... More >

Are your Christmas contents covered?

15 December 2011

Home contents insurance may not be top of your Christmas list, but make sure you take time to check if you are covered for any extra valuables that you have in your home at this time of year... More >

New motor insurance cost comparisons show drivers can make savings

13 December 2011

Latest motor insurance cost comparisons from the National Consumer Agency... More >

Check the make and model of your gas cookers

09 December 2011

We are issuing a further call out to locate certain gas cookers models which, in some circumstances, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. ... More >

More good news for tracker mortgage holders as ECB cuts rates again

09 December 2011

The European Central Bank (ECB) today announced another 0.25% cut in the ECB interest rate... More >

NCA secures conviction against Galway trader for sale of clocked car

07 December 2011

The offences related to providing false information in relation to a vehicle's mileage and also providing an NCT certificate with the false mileage reading on it.... More >

Stay safe when using your cards this Christmas

30 November 2011

Christmas can be a stressful time and with the crowds, lists and pressure to get everything organised in time, you need to be extra careful using your credit and debit cards at the till. ... More >

Learn about toy safety this Christmas

29 November 2011

When you buy a toy for your child, safety should be your first priority.... More >

Be a stronger shopper this Christmas and know your rights

25 November 2011

With sleigh bells and tills ringing, it’s sometimes hard to know what your rights are around purchases and presents. ... More >

Good news for tracker mortgage holders as ECB reduces interest rates

03 November 2011

The European Central Bank (ECB) today announced a 0.25% cut in the ECB interest rate. So, what might this decrease mean for you?... More >

Affected by recent flooding and need to make an insurance claim?

27 October 2011

If your home has been damaged by flooding and you need to make an insurance claim, the first thing you should do is contact your insurance company immediately. ... More >

Make your money work harder with the new interactive banking cost comparisons

20 October 2011

We have just launched our new interactive banking cost comparisons to help you compare the deals available on current accounts, loans, savings products, mortgages and credit cards.... More >

Know what you are spending on the little things with the new Spending Calculator

19 October 2011

Our new spending calculator shows you how much you are spending on everyday items such as lunches, papers, magazines.............. More >

National survey of eye test pricing and displays shows big differences in prices

13 October 2011

Results of our latest price survey, which looked at the costs of eye examinations from opticians/optometrists nationwide. ... More >

Second-hand car toolkit

11 October 2011

It can sometimes be hard to know if you are getting a good deal when you are buying a second-hand car. Our second-hand car toolkit ......... More >

NCA secures conviction against Tesco for misleading pricing

07 October 2011

On 19 September, Tesco Ireland Ltd was convicted in the Dublin District Court for a breach of the Consumer Protection Act, 2007. ... More >

Ho, ho, ho, it's the Christmas budget planner!

06 October 2011

Even with the best of intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement at Christmas and end up overdoing it.... More >

Shop around - home heating oil survey shows savings can be made

19 September 2011

Our latest pricing survey looked at prices charged by 170 suppliers across 24 areas for the supply and delivery of 1,000 litres of home heating oil.... More >

Worried about mortgage arrears?

09 September 2011

If you can't meet your mortgage repayments, or you're worried you might fall behind, you should contact your lender as soon as possible.... More >

Research shows consumers save by switching

08 September 2011

79% of consumers who had switched product or service providers in the last 12 months said they had saved money as a result. ... More >

Transfer of Northern Rock deposits to permanent TSB

30 August 2011

It was announced today (30 August 2011) that deposits in Northern Rock Ireland will be sold to Permanent tsb, subject to approval by the Minister for Finance.... More >

Counting the cost of college

23 August 2011

Whether you are a first time student, or returning after the summer break, your finances may need a bit of attention... More >

Consumers more empowered than ever

18 August 2011

Our latest consumer survey shows that over nine out of 10 consumers in Ireland who were unhappy about a purchase in the past year complained to the seller about it. ... More >

Next steps for Home Payments Ltd customers

12 August 2011

Regulatory and Industry Bodies have agreed to help minimise the impact on customers of Home Payments Ltd, following a meeting earlier this week. ... More >

Home Payments Ltd ceases trading

04 August 2011

Home Payments Ltd, a household budgeting company based in Rathmines, Dublin, has ceased trading. ... More >

Budgeting for ‘back to school’

29 July 2011

Our latest research shows that 80% of parents have financial concerns in relation to ‘back to school’ costs.... More >

Accessing money abroad

25 July 2011

If you’re taking a trip abroad and are planning to use your credit or debit card, make sure you understand the charges... More >

Property dilemma - Sell, rent or buy

19 July 2011

If you bought your home in the last few years, you may now find yourself in negative equity, consider your options...... More >

Simple ways to save on your grocery bill

13 July 2011

Our latest grocery survey compares prices across a basket of 92 commonly purchased branded products in Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Superquinn and SuperValu.... More >

ECB raises interest rates by 0.25%

07 July 2011

The European Central Bank (ECB) interest rate has today been increased from 1.25% to 1.5%.... More >

Minister for Education and NCA launch Back to School Budget Planner for parents

07 July 2011

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn T.D. and the National Consumer Agency Chief Executive, Ann Fitzgerald, today launched a Back to School budget planner to help parents budget for these costs. The calculator was developed in response to online research which showed that 80% of parents have financial concerns in relation to back to school costs. ... More >

VAT rate change

01 July 2011

From 1 July 2011, the VAT rate will be reduced from 13.5% to 9% on a number of goods and services... More >

Over a quarter of Irish people targeted by Internet phone scams

16 June 2011

Microsoft today released findings of a survey, which shows that 26% of Irish people have received a call from Internet phone scammers. ... More >

Over 300 faulty immersion water cylinders still to be located

10 June 2011

Over 300 GeminoX Ebs immersion water cylinders remain untraced, despite a number of warnings. ... More >

NCA welcomes Dental Council Code of Practice

01 June 2011

The National Consumer Agency welcomes the Dental Council of Ireland’s new Code of Practice... More >

Travel insurance tips

31 May 2011

This time of year, talk always turns to holiday plans. But one thing that you may not think about in the run-up to your holiday is how you would cope with becoming ill, having an accident, or losing possessions abroad. ... More >

Review your life insurance and save thousands

24 May 2011

We’ve just updated our life insurance cost comparison. It shows potential savings of up to €8,385 for dual life term cover and up to €9,576 for mortgage protection cover. ... More >

Top tips for teaching children good money skills

13 May 2011

Most people learn more about money skills from their parents than from any other source. So, your kids will be learning about money from watching and listening to you. ... More >

Thinking about changing your mortgage rate or term?

28 April 2011

If you are considering changing your mortgage rate or term, or are thinking of making a lump sum payment to your mortgage, our new mortgage rate change calculator can help you... More >

Latest home insurance cost comparison reveals price differences of up to €442

20 April 2011

We’ve just published our latest home insurance cost comparison, which found significant price differences between providers...... More >

Permanent TSB tracker offer

18 April 2011

If you have a tracker mortgage with Permanent TSB, you may have heard about an incentive they are offering to their tracker mortgage customers.... More >

Update on ESB Electric Ireland’s new price plans

15 April 2011

ESB Electric Ireland to extend its recently introduced range of discounted electricity tariffs to consumers... More >

Survey finds big price differences in driving lessons

14 April 2011

Our latest price survey looked at the cost of driving lessons and found that the cost of a one-hour lesson ranges from €25 to €45 nationwide... More >

Thinking about getting a prepaid card?

12 April 2011

There are a number of prepaid cards available as an alternative to credit cards, but it's important to be aware of the charges...... More >

New Code of Practice on price display for dentists

11 April 2011

From 1 June 2011, all dentists registered with the Dental Council of Ireland will display a price list for routine dental procedures ... More >

ECB interest rate increase

07 April 2011

The European Central Bank (ECB) rate has today increased from 1% to 1.25%, but what impact will this have on you?... More >

Switch and save on your electricity

04 April 2011

Since 4 April 2011 the domestic electricity market in Ireland has been completely deregulated, allowing all electricity suppliers to set their own prices for the first time. ... More >

Be ‘scam savvy’ this April Fool’s Day

01 April 2011

Scammers are always hatching new ways to catch you out but you can ‘be scam savvy’ ... More >

Information on latest banking announcements

01 April 2011

There were a number of different announcements yesterday, (31st March 2011) about changes to the Irish Banks... More >

New research shows 7 in 10 consumers shop around for better prices

21 March 2011

We've published our latest consumer research relating to shopping and pricing... More >

NCA takes 58 enforcement actions

15 March 2011

The NCA has published the latest Consumer Protection List it details 58 enforcement actions taken against businesses... More >

Taking ‘Baby Steps’ towards managing your family finances

02 March 2011

Our new Baby Steps guide can help you prepare for the financial changes that having a baby brings.... More >

Updated information for Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank depositors

24 February 2011

The Department of Finance has made an announcement about the transfer of deposits from Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank. ... More >

Simple steps to help you cut your fuel costs

22 February 2011

Our latest research has revealed that a large proportion of consumers are taking steps to improve their fuel efficiency.... More >

Budgeting for your big day

14 February 2011

If you've just got engaged, we've got lots of information to help you plan a wedding that's within your means, whatever you can afford to spend. ... More >

Childcare survey reveals price differences of up to €84 per week

10 February 2011

If you are a parent, childcare may represent your biggest monthly expense after you have paid your rent or mortgage... More >

Information for Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank depositors

08 February 2011

The department of finance has published a direction order in relation to Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank ... More >

Is now a good time to fix my mortgage?

03 February 2011

With all the speculation about mortgage interest rate increases, you may be confused about whether to stay with your current rate or switch to a fixed rate. ... More >

Make better budgeting your money resolution for 2011

01 February 2011

We've just published research which reveals that one third of people have made better budgeting their number one money resolution for 2011. ... More >

NCA and Microsoft reiterate warning of cybercrime scam

28 January 2011

The National Consumer Agency and Microsoft Ireland have reiterated their warning of a scam where cyber criminals call consumers, claiming to be from Microsoft ... More >

Mobile phone contracts – what are you getting into?

27 January 2011

For many people a mobile phone is now essential, and more and more of us are relying on mobiles over traditional land lines.... More >

How to cope with predicted mortgage rate increases

21 January 2011

With all the speculation that lenders are set to increase their mortgage interest rates, it's important to consider how an increase in rates would affect you and decide what action, if any, you should take.... More >

Switching your bank account is easier than you think

13 January 2011

You may have heard in recent news that some banks are changing the terms and conditions customers must meet to qualify for free banking... More >

Will you be affected by recent increases in health insurance premiums?

07 January 2011

With the cost of health insurance increasing, you may be worried about meeting the cost at your next renewal. Or, you may even be considering getting rid of your health insurance altogether.... More >

Quit smoking and save a packet on life insurance

06 January 2011

If giving up smoking is your New Year resolution, you could cut thousands off the long-term cost of your life insurance policy.... More >

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