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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

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

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

**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

Online Shopping – 7 Tips & Tricks

Online shopping is a relatively recent phenomenon and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. A recent report estimated Irish consumers will spend €5.9bn online this year and this is expected to rise to €12.7bn by 2020. The Internet has proved to be a great tool for consumers seeking out competitive prices on products and services. An Irish […]

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PEOPLE POWER UNLOCKS GROUP DISCOUNTED ELECTRICITY IN IRELAND FOR THE FIRST TIME

The people power of over 45,000 members has succeeded in unlocking group discounted electricity offers in Ireland for the first time. The special offer, for new customers who switch to Bord Gáis Energy includes: A 10% discount in year one Plus €80 cashback after 12 months. Estimated saving for a 3 bedroom household on the standard rate is €215 in […]

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