Google’s builing on Barrow St, Dublin. It is understood that one of the projects undertaken by the flooring contractor  was for Google.  Photograph: Paul McErlane/Bloomberg

One of the largest industrial flooring contractor companies in the State, and a former director, are facing trial on charges of alleged price-fixing a(...)

Do falling oil prices mean cheaper petrol: Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Oil prices have taken a hammering this week? Not only this week, oil prices have taken a hammering for months now but as the great fall of China gathe(...)

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A quick glance at the infrastructure built to protect Irish consumers over the past 20 years or so would suggest we’re pretty well served. We have (...)

So how is the second-hand car market these days? Good and bad, depending on who you ask. Dealers say second-hand sales have slowed in the past (...)

Brian Fassnidge, formerly operating at Motorcity Naas Rd, Dublin 22, pictured leaving the Four Courts on Monday after appearing before Dublin District Court. Photograph: Collins Courts

A car dealer found guilty of selling previously crashed vehicles has paid back €12,000 to ripped-off customers.Brian Fassnidge, formerly operating at(...)

Convivial drinking in a pub is grand, despite what the new puritans might have you believe (see also: red fizz, stage left). Photograph: Getty Images

Ahead of Ireland’s big day, we thought we would take at look at just some of the ways Irish consumers are unique and a couple of things we think be(...)

Read the small print to empower yourself

“Empowering consumers is the key principle in consumer law,” says Mary Donnelly, senior law lecturer at University College Cork. She and her colleague(...)

In the shadows: to pursue cartels and price-fixing conspiracies, investigators from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission must search for operations that, by their very nature, do everything they can to remain secret. photograph: thinkstock

At a court sentencing in Galway in 2012, the final chapter in a complex story of price-fixing came to a close when Pat Hegarty, a then 40-year-old for(...)

Typically, for life insurance cover, it’s recommended that between 10 and 15 times your current annual income is needed to maintain your lifestyle

If you have been following this series you will have already taken charge of your savings and considered your plans for retirement. Now it’s time to e(...)

Simon Coveney:  ‘It’s purely my view that retailers should not be selling food for half nothing in an effort to drum up business.’ Photograph: Oliviet Hoslet/EPA

The new Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has warned the Department of Agriculture against asking supermarkets not to engage in Christma(...)