- Consumer Skills
As the summer ends and students head for university in Great Britain, the Consumer Council will take to the seas tomorrow  (Thursday) to promote Plain Sailing - the essential guide to ferry travel to and from Northern Ireland.
The Consumer Council says the rise of up to five per cent in coal prices announced today is a blow to coal users here. On average, consumers will now pay an extra 40p for a bag of housecoal and 35p for a bag of smokeless coal .
The Consumer Council says that Aer Lingus’ decision to fly from Belfast International Airport (BIA) to Heathrow and key European routes injects much needed competition for air passengers.