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Finding Real Value – here’s the last update from Fine Gael website, Ripoff.ie

While the old domain name ripoff.ie, as taken on by Fine Gael in 2003 now redirects to the main Fine Gael website, you can actually still read all of their old content here. As you can see on their 2009 update, detailing their “Finding Real Value” policy document, they’ve pretty much left it all behind given their recent budget.

Top of the list:

Reversing measures in Budget 2009 which are driving up prices, including the VAT increase to 21.5% and transport fares

Funny, eh?

If you're reading this, you're probably on a PC with internet filtering, or a poor connections, so you're missing a picture of the old Fine Gael Ripoff.ie website


How upset is Eddie Hobbs at leaving the NCA?

So upset that he’s refusing to believe that the National Consumer Agency exists at all maybe? His website still refers to the Office of Director of Consumer Affairs which ceased to exist in 2007 when the NCA took over it’s powers, and no mention at all of the NCA.

Then again, the National Consumer Agency is so useless and does so little, maybe it is difficult to actually remember that it’s there. Even Fine Gael, on their RipOff.ie website, gets it wrong:


Ringing Government Departments on 1890 LOCALL numbers

This article from Mondays Pricewatch column in the Irish Times from Conor Pope highlights a reader, Mannix, who takes issue with the fact that many government departments provide 1890 contact numbers. While these numbers appear to be cheaper, given their LOCALL and CALLSAVE descriptions, for the reader who uses an O2 mobile, it actually costs significantly more.

This is an issue that I’m constantly highlighting on the SayNoTo1890.com website. In fact, a very committed reader has been chasing many of the regulatory organisations within the country to see if anything can be done about this issue, but without any success. ComReg, the National Consumer Agency, the Competition Authority, and the Minister at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamonn Ryan, all say its not their problem. And obviously, the mobile companies who make a huge profit from these calls don’t want to know either.

The research, referred to in Conors article, carried out by Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael is available on their RipOff.ie website here.

The SayNoTo1890.com A-Z geographical alternative telephone number page on the site provides landline numbers for many government departments, including all but 2 of the 21 departments referenced on the Fine Gael website. Calling these numbers instead of the 1890 numbers means that people can call from their mobile without incurring the higher costs.

I’m constantly on the look out for more of these geographical alternative numbers, so if you know of any others, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list. The two from the Fine Gael listing that I don’t have are the National Treatment Purchase Fund and bizarrely given that it’s most likely to be called from a mobile, the Garda Traffic Watch hotline.


Click here for the SayNoTo1890.com Website.

Click here for the SayNoTo1890.com Website.


Fine Gael’s valuable idea

The Sunday Times
Jill Kerby, January 11, 2004

Fine Gael doesn’t get much right these days but it has done the country a service with the launch of its consumer website, www.valueireland.com.

Having come to the site too late to benefit from Christmas shopping hints this year, I certainly intend to do my January sales hunting with print-outs of comments and the experiences of the hundreds of consumers who are now adding their rip-off and value stories on a daily basis.

A quick scan of the site last week showed that had I been a bit more purposeful in shopping online for the bulk of my CDs, DVDs, the DVD recorder, and Game Boy Advance purchases that were made at Christmas, I would have saved more than €110.

With a programme of home improvement projects on the cards for this year, I will be making a special trip to the DIY outlets in the north where lists of savings are posted.

It probably won’t last, but “thrift” seems to have replaced house prices as the most popular topic of the chattering classes these days. It has been a long time coming but the rot set in with the changeover to the euro and, two years into the single currency, we are all becoming a lot more aware of how expensive it is to live in this country.


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