Almost 34,000 products were prevented from entering Ireland last year over safety concerns

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has published its first annual report

Almost 34,000 products were prevented from entering Ireland last year over safety concerns

Chair of the New Commission, Isolde Goggin. Image:

Almost 34,000 products were stopped from entering the Irish market over safety concerns last year.

The product safety orders were imposed by Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), which has just released its first annual report.

The commission was formed after the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority merged.

The report covers the period between 31st October 2014 to 31st December 2015.

According to the commission, 20 consignments containing around 33,819 were prevented from entering the country.

The products included "assorted toys, lasers, electronic IT equipment, low voltage items and plugs/adaptors",

62 consumer enforcement actions were taken against traders for breaches of consumer protection legislation, the commission says.

88 mergers were assessed by the new commission, with eight requiring more detailed investigations.

The report also shows it reviewed 74 allegations of competition law breaches, and two large-scale formal investigations were opened.

The commission says the secondhand motor sector has been one of its priorities.

In 2015, the watchdog was contacted over 3,500 times about issues like motor financing, car clocking and the sale of crashed cars.

Chairperson of the Commission, Isolde Goggin, says they are taking a proactive approach to the motor industry:

Speaking about their first report, Mrs Goggin said: "Our remit is across all sectors of the economy and this is reflected in the various enforcement actions taken in retail, telecoms, tourism and the motor sector to name but a few.

"It is also reflected in the wide range of consumer information campaigns we ran, the mergers we assessed and the broad spectrum of submissions that we made advocating for competition and consumers," she added.