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Big Irish Bank asks me to fax 21 years since E-Signatures were signed into law

In 2000 the Electronic Signature Bill was signed into law in Ireland giving e-signatures equal status to ink signatures on paper. Many will remember when Bill Clinton and Bertie Ahern electronically signed an agreement using the new legislation. So, why is it that a significant number of interactions Irish consumers have with Government services and with private sector suppliers still requir... Read more

Lessons for the household from a small business

Recently I was asked to Chair a Government taskforce on SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). Running a household can sometimes feel like running a small business and some of the conclusions and actions items coming from the taskforce are very relevant to householders. Plus, many One Big Switch members are sole traders or small business owners so the Report published here  might be of relevance ... Read more

COVID19 Vaccination Program

The news cycle this week has been heavily focussed on Brexit, it’s hard to argue there’s a bigger news story than the roll out of the COVID19 vaccine.It’s my view that the European Union and Ireland are struggling to roll out a covid vaccination program. Ireland has vaccinated 4.5% of its population and ranks 30th in the Financial Times ranking for vaccine roll out, far behind the US (13% vacci... Read more

Brexit – how it impacts you and what to do about it

In December 2018 the Right Honourable Priti Patel, now the UK Home Secretary, announced she would be in favour of interrupting food supplies to Ireland if we did not toe the line to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Now, having done our very best to help get a deal in place, it looks like Minister Patel is still getting her way with a swath of interruptions and shortages affecting the Irish consumer. ... Read more

2 in 3 IRISH HOUSEHOLDS SUFFERING FROM ENERGY FUEL POVERTY

MONDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2019   2 in 3 IRISH HOUSEHOLDS SUFFERING FROM ENERGY FUEL POVERTY   A survey of 1,500 Irish households has found that 2 in 3 are suffering from energy ‘fuel poverty’. Fuel poverty is universally defined as a household spending over 10% of its income on energy costs.   Exclusive of taxes, Ireland has the second highest electricity prices in the EU[1]. T... Read more

PEOPLE POWER CAMPAIGN SEEKS 10,000 IRISH HOUSEHOLDS TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST ENERGY PRICE RISE CRISIS

One Big Switch have today launched the Big Energy Switch campaign. They’re calling on 10,000 Irish homes to join them to fight back against relentless energy price rises and to promote switching. Irish wholesale electricity and gas prices increased by 23% and 22% respectively over the past 12 months*. This lead to price-hike notices from 6 out of 9 electricity providers since the end of 20... Read more

130,000 IRISH ENERGY CUSTOMERS TO DEMAND A REWARD FOR LOYALTY

130,000 IRISH ENERGY CUSTOMERS TO DEMAND A REWARD FOR LOYALTY One Big Switch is today launching the Big Energy Switch, a campaign to cut the cost of electricity and gas in Ireland and reward energy customers for their loyalty. One Big Switch need 10,000 new registrants to bring their membership to 130,000. They’ll use this collective buying power to unlock group-discounted electricity &am... Read more

PEOPLE POWER CAMPAIGN SEEKS 20,000 PEOPLE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST IRISH COST OF LIVING CRISIS

PRESS RELEASE MONDAY 2 OCTOBER 2017 PEOPLE POWER CAMPAIGN SEEKS 20,000 PEOPLE TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST IRISH COST OF LIVING CRISIS   One Big Switch is back, and is looking for 20,000 people to join their Big Cost of Living Switch campaign to fight back against the cost of living crisis currently gripping Ireland. The Big Cost of Living Switch aims to ease cost of living pressure by em... Read more

**PRESS RELEASE**: LET THE PRICE WAR BEGIN: OVER 90,000 CONSUMERS UNLOCK NEW MARKET BEATING ELECTRICITY & GAS OFFERS

The people power of more than 90,000 Irish consumers has once again succeeded in unlocking market beating electricity and gas offers in Ireland.   The offers, from Bord Gáis Energy include group discounted electricity-only offers and dual fuel offers.   One electricity only offer has a 12% electricity discount in Year 1, and €140 cash back off any electricity bill at any time. Simil... Read more

***PRESS RELEASE**: IRISH CONSUMERS PROVE TOO APATHETIC WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING ON HOME ENERGY BILLS

**PRESS RELEASE**  IRISH CONSUMERS PROVE TOO APATHETIC WHEN IT COMES TO SAVING ON HOME ENERGY BILLS Apathy to change is the major reason Irish households aren’t switching their electricity and gas suppliers.   A poll of the first 6,000 households to join the Big Energy Switch campaign reveals that: 42% of those who haven’t switched ‘Didn’t thi... Read more