Aodhan O’Donnell, Head of Transport at the Consumer Council said, “The collapse of the railway bridge near Malahide is an extraordinary situation and we are thankful that there were no injuries or deaths as a result. However, there is no doubt that it will cause severe disruption for passengers and commuters who rely on the Enterprise service to travel to and from Dublin.
Loretta O’Hara, Head of Consumer Support at the Consumer Council said:
“The Consumer Council has been in contact with Mr McCarter regarding the £67,000 quotation he received from NIE for a new electricity supply to his home. Mr McCarter is a 74-year-old pensioner who survives on a weekly pension of £100 so the reality is he cannot pay this bill. The Consumer Council has the legal power to represent electricity consumers here and we will be investigating this issue on behalf of Mr McCarter.
Consumer Council research finds air passengers can pay between £33 and £57 more than advertised fare.
The Consumer Council has welcomed a commitment from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to conduct a market study on the way goods and services are advertised and priced. The move follows the Consumer Council’s submission of an in depth report to the OFT on the impact of additional charges for consumers.