Isolde Goggin

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The CCPC recently wrote to hairdressing associations to warn them of their obligations under competition law. Photograph: Getty Images

Businesses reopening after the Covid-19 crisis have been warned against any attempts to fix prices at an industry level as they look to recover costs.(...)

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Traders selling face masks are being warned that the State’s consumer protection watchdog is testing them to ensure they are up to standard. Isolde (...)

Only at  Brown Thomas? The State acts like it “only does its shopping” at the high-end retailer when looking for a barrister, Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan  said. File photograph: Eric Luke

The State acts like it “only does its shopping at Brown Thomas” when it is looking for a barrister, Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan has (...)

Charging a fee for changing a name on a gift voucher is also outlawed by the new rules. Photograph: iStock

Retailers have been warned they need to comply with new rules on gift vouchers. The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Act 2019 means that any vouc(...)

 Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys: there are steps consumers must take “to lessen the potential impact”  of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson

A hard Brexit at the end of October could hit many thousands of Irish people who shop on UK websites almost immediately with a dramatic curtailment of(...)

Isolde Goggin, chair of the CCPC, said the watchdog’s aim is ‘to ensure that goods placed on the Irish market do not pose a safety risk to consumers’. File photograph: Eric Luke

More than 33,000 products, including toys and sunglasses, were prevented from entering the Irish market last year amid safety concerns, the consumer w(...)

Private nursing homes have been criticised for “top-up” fees for social and occupational therapy programmes, with claims some charge  for wound dressings, prescription painkillers and bedsore creams. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

Almost 600 nursing homes nationwide are to receive a warning from the State’s consumer watchdog about imposing potentially unfair terms on vulnerable (...)

CCPC chairwoman Isolde Goggin warned that there was potential for considerable harm to the market if transactions were allowed to go ahead without approval. Photograph: Eric Luke

A leading car dealer must pay €2,000 to charity after pleading guilty to breaking competition law by failing to get the regulator’s approval to take o(...)

Some 16 per cent of respondents said they were ‘just about coping’. Photograph: iStock

While most Irish people can meet their current financial obligations, they have put little or nothing aside to protect them from financial shocks, acc(...)

Ireland’s waste collection market, where prices and service levels are set by the firms, is unlike nearly every country in the European Union, the report found.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The State’s decision to have several waste collection firms serving the same districts is not delivering competition to households, according to a rev(...)

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