According to the press release from Senator Brendan Ryan:
My advice is that the drafting flaw is fatal to the prosecution of the pyramid scheme offence in the District Court under the Consumer Protection Act, and would also appear to prevent the prosecution in the District Court of a number of other offences including misleading commercial practices; aggressive commercial practices; prohibited commercial practices; and contravening maximum prices order.
From their website, IrishFuelPrices.com is for sale. According to the text on the site:
IrishFuelPrices.com is for sale
Thank you for your support over the last 7 years. The great success of the site has been to make consumers more aware of prices but the site needs to be up to date and due to time constraints on our part, this is no longer possible.
Interested parties can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a big pity. I wonder will anyone fill their shoes – will the National Consumer Agency maybe take up the mantle and have a petrol price survey in the same way they do their grocery price comparison, or maybe the Consumer Association of Ireland fill the gap.
For Consumer Day, a Consumer Consultation Seminar will be held at the representation in Dublin, at which the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment will take part. In addition, a number of newspaper supplements will be published, with information on the ECC and shopping across borders. A press release will also be issued highlighting the advantages Irish consumers have by also being European citizens. The press release will take the form of a ‘story’ detailing a person’s day from morning to evening and all the things that occur where EU consumer legislation comes into play.
Anyone see any of this? I did see mention of the seminar mentioned above, but no sign of the press releases. If the National Consumer Agency wouldn’t keep republishing 200 odd press releases every night on their RSS feed, it might be easier to see if it was there. Nothing on their Press Releases link, nor on the ECC Dublin site either. Nothing on the Consumer Association of Ireland website either.
The National Consumer Agency (NCA) has published the findings of its survey comparing grocery prices between Ireland’s multiples, symbol groups, discounters and independents shops. Among its main findings, the survey found:
- Only 35 cent difference between Tesco and Dunnes Stores for basket of 61 branded goods
- Supervalu providing competition to multiples
- Real competition between Aldi and Lidl, providing an alternative in value to multiples and Supervalu for own brand products
- Independent butchers, fruit and vegetable shops can provide real value
So, 6 months later, they’re coming out telling us nothing new whatsoever. You can give me their budget of whatever number of million euro per year, and I’ll tell you nothing new either – damn it, I’ll take half their budget and I’ll tell you nothing new every month.