Lockdown savings and where will we spend them

As the lockdown comes to an end and stores reopen, many of us will be looking to get out and treat ourselves. 62% of households say they have saved money during the pandemic. As a nation, we were saving €2 billion extra per month during the lockdown. These savings were made because our pattern of expenditures changed; not travelling to work or on holidays, not going out for entertainment and ea... Read more

How the Irish housing crisis is affecting you

At OneBigSwitch we work hard to get better prices on household bills for homeowners and householders. We, like many other businesses in Ireland, depend on the next generation of citizens being able to buy or rent a home. Therefore, we get worried when we see our housing crisis getting worse. Housing crises are not unique to Ireland, many countries have them. The causes are complex and va... Read more

Eir Announces Extension to Gigabit Fibre Network

  Eir recently announced an extension to it’s Gigabit Fibre network, expanding its presence to 79 towns and villages across Ireland. Together with its rural fibre rollout programme, which completed in 2019, more than 800,000 premises across Ireland can now access superfast fibre broadband.  eir’s Gigabit Fibre Network has arrived to premises in the towns below and customers can check if... Read more

Seven banks have abandoned the Irish market. There are only three left.

KBC Bank has announced it is leaving the Irish market. Ulster Bank is also leaving. Bank of Scotland, Irish Nationwide, Danske Bank, Anglo Irish and ACC Bank are long gone. With seven banks gone, there are now only three retail banks left in the country. We have a worsening problem with competition in Ireland. For a very long time banking, insurance, retail and energy providers were dominate... Read more

Exercise infrastructure in a time of pandemic

With Ireland holding the lockdown record in Europe at over 160 days, our ability to exercise locally within 5km or now 20 km has become a crucial topic for wellbeing and mental health. Many of us have seen new walking paths and cycle lanes opened in communities around the country. €240 million has been allocated to building these new routes, half of them in Dublin. What a thrill to see this ... Read more

How remotely can we work?

Working remotely is becoming the new normal for many of us. What was a temporary measure due to the pandemic is now permanently changing the way we work. Working from home brings many challenges: lack of space, poor broadband and the mental challenges of confinement. There are also many implications for householders and for household bills. Your energy, telephone and broadband usage might be... Read more

Vaccine Tourism

We are 3 months into a level 5 lockdown and the R number remains stubbornly high. New variants, which will keep emerging, are more contagious. Our only hope is vaccination, but at the current rate, it will take more than 2 years to vaccinate everyone in Ireland. While most of us are happy to wait our turn for a vaccine, many others have very genuine reasons to try to get vaccinated earlier. ... Read more

A never-ending pandemic is leading to price hikes and quality reduction

None of us need more bad news as we commemorate the end of our first year under house arrest. But a never-ending pandemic is throwing up worrying signs that prices on many household goods and bills are creeping up. Here are some things that will lead to price inflation:   In the hospitality, entertainment and travel industries, many participants will unfortunately not survive the pande... Read more

Is it time to scrap Article 41.2?

Last Monday was International Women’s day commemorating the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. Yet, our Constitution still contains Article 41.2 which contradicts these very achievements: “The State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. The State shall endeavour to ensure th... Read more

With Digital Currency, will we still need banks?

Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) recently said that the Euro could be available to European consumers as a digital currency in as little as four years. As a digital currency, your Euros would exist as legal tender on your smartphone without the need for a bank account. Essentially, the consumer has a direct relationship with the ECB as the issuer and guarantor of ... Read more