Hit twice: drivers are paying for the poor performance of the insurance industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

We had become used, almost inured, over the decades, to steadily escalating car insurance costs in this country. Indeed, by the late 1980s and early 1(...)

Going, going, gone: shrinkflation leads to ‘price increases by stealth’, says Dermott Jewell of the Consumer Association of Ireland. Photograph: Thinkstock

A reader recently bought a Brunch ice cream but, rather than bringing her joy, it saddened her greatly. On the packaging she was promised a thick c(...)

The price of a barrel of Brent Crude Oil has fallen quite dramatically in the past three months, from a peak of just under $115 a barrel in June to a (...)

Our virtual Tesco shop of the same 30 items costs €132.64 in the Republic and €112.02 in the North, a difference of more than 20 per cent. Photograph: Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this summer, the Guardian asked families in seven cities, including Dublin, to do a comparable grocery shop and send in their receipts. Dub(...)

Will we end up subsidising Greyhound’s operations by paying family income supplement to some of their workers? Photograph: David Sleator

Rubbish, trash, garbage – this column has them all. But also some bigger things: the stripping away of citizenship and the brutalisation of everyday l(...)

Garth  Brooks, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So familiar is the term “subject to licence” it gives few music fans pause for thought before shelling out ever increasing sums for concert tickets.It(...)

‘A lot of companies are now taking this hardline approach’

New love is a precious thing, particularly when money is involved. When a company is trying to woo you, it is so attentive and caring, and promises(...)

Illustration: Eoin Coveney

2006Things could hardly have looked sunnier for Irish consumers in the summer of 2006. The savings scheme introduced by former minister for finance Ch(...)

The controversial letters sent by Revenue to close to one million households about the Local Property Tax have created “a huge amount of unnecessar(...)

A Bank of Ireland spokeswoman said the bank’s motivation in changing the eligibility for Golden Years accounts was to synchronise its account structures with the State pension qualifying age coming into effect next year. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Bank of Ireland has been accused of “kicking loyal customers in the teeth” over its decision to impose charges on all its customers until they reach t(...)