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Top ten tips for Black Friday Ireland 2018!

With Black Friday fast approaching and many of the retailers advertising the first of their discounts already, now is the time to act. Black Friday or Black Friday week is a great opportunity for you to save on Christmas gifts, electrical appliances, latest tech and homeware. Paddy has came up with the top ten tips to help you find the best Black Friday deals in Ireland in 2018. Click here for our top ten tips and start saving now.


Government slammed again over rising car insurance premiums!

A recent report by AA Ireland has hit out at the Government, accusing ministers of turning a blind eye to the ever increasing car insurance premiums across the Isle.  Just when we thought prices couldn’t go up anymore…. the Central Statistics Office reported average rises of 70pc over a 3 year period, the average premium now stands at a whopping 750 euro. With no change in legislation or reform to the sector, the average Joe continues to take the hit, and worse yet, the Government have turned their attention to Brexit and housing. Whilst the large players continue to thrive and hold all the customer information, things need to change. AA Ireland has set about lobbying the Government on five key reforms in an effort to drive costs down. Will it work, only time will tell! In the meantime, get car insurance quotes at Paddy Compare to see how much you could save today. You can get quotes from a range of local and specialist brokers in just minutes.

Axa set to enter the Irish farm insurance market!

Good news for farmers this week, as word on the paddock is that Axa Insurance plans to take on the farm insurance market in Ireland. At present FBD insurance are the main players in the market, offering healthy discounts for Irish Farmer Association members. Axa are well established across Ireland, with over 50 branches and cover a full range of insurance products. They have recently started recruiting for a dedicated farm insurance team, and are potentially set to employ some former specialists from FBD. Whilst details are still in the early stages, an AXA spokesperson suggested to expect movement in the first half of 2018. By completing our farm insurance quote form at Paddy Compare, our specialist brokers will contact you with tailored quotes that could help you save. So why not give it a try now, it’s free and easy to use.

Gardai increase trailer licence and insurance checks

New regulations for towing are causing confusion and problems for trailer owners as no licence means no insurance. If you hold a category B licence, you are ok, provided the maximum authorised mass (MAM) of the trailer is less than 750kg or where the MAM of the trailer is greater than 750kg but the MAM of the trailer and the towing vehicle combined is less than 3,500kg. The weight measurement includes the contents of the trailer. Therefore the category B licence does not permit you to tow a horsebox of livestock trailer as the combined weight would exceed 3,500kg. In this case you will need to apply and complete a driving test for a Category BE licence. For more details on finding the right licence, refer to the National Driver Licence Service.

In all cases you should ensure that you have the correct licence in place. If not, your motor insurance or jeep insurance may refuse to indemnify you in the case of an accident. The Gardai are clamping down on drivers towing trailers and conducting licence spot checks across the country. Try Paddy Compare for your car insurance, farm insurance or hosebox insurance.

Farmers worry after €40,000 hill walker claim awarded – Farm insurance

Farmers remain wary of wandering hill walkers following the judgement to award one €40,000 for her injuries from a fall in Wicklow Way in 2013.  Despite the accident happening on property owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the IFA and ICSA suggested that farmers should be worried. Mountaineering Ireland disagreed, stating that “Most structures provided for use by recreational users that are on private land, such as stiles, bridges and boardwalks are part of managed trails where there is an insurance policy in place to indemnify landowners” and that if a farmer builds a stile for their own use and even if it is used by hill walkers, the duty of care remains minimal. Read more here. The High Court is set to rule on an appeal on the decision in the coming weeks.

Paddy Compare can help you get a good deal on your farm insurance. Simply enter your details on our farm insurance quote page and we will pass your details onto our trusted farm insurance brokers.  Our partners cover all types of farms across the country.  Farm insurance comes with many features and can include protection for your livestock, buildings and equipment, farmhouse and public and environmental liability cover. Get a farm quote today.

Did you apply for WAV15 – Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Grant Scheme 2015? Paddy Compare taxi news!

Did you apply for the WAV15 Wheelchair Accessible Grant Scheme? If so then you could be eligible to receive disability awareness training and up to €10,000 in financial assistance to purchase a wheelchair accessible taxi vehicle or to convert your existing car into a WAV. Despite applications closing on 30 October 2015, to qualify for the WAV15 funding you must have submitted a provisional grant offer letter to the Authority, the proposed WAV must have passed its initial suitability test, the proposed wheelchair accessible vehicle must have been licensed, and the proposed driver must have complete a Disability Awareness Training Course.

For more information click here. If you need taxi insurance for your WAV taxi or your normal taxi, you can get great deals at Paddy Compare. Simply complete our one page taxi insurance quote form. Our specialist taxi insurance brokers will then contact you with competitive quotes. Get a great deal today.

Volkswagen to recall 500,000 vehicles in USA – Paddy Compare news!

A bad day for Volkswagen as they have been ordered to recall 500,000 vehicles by the US Government. Why you ask? The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the car maker after it was reported to have been using sophisticated computer software to cheat clean air tests in its diesel cars. The affected cars include the VW Jetta, Golf, Passat, Beetle and Audi A3 models manufactured in the last 7 years. The company could face fines of up to $18 billion.

Do you own a Volkswagen? If so, don’t worry as it only as it is only USA cars that have been affected. At Paddy Compare you can get car insurance quotes from multiple brokers with just one form. Simply complete our online motor insurance quote form and our partner brokers will contact you with quotes. Our specialists cover all vehicle types and quote nationwide. So get a car insurance quote and save money today.

Annual taxi bulletin in Ireland – Paddy Compare news!

On 7 September the National Taxi Authority published their annual Bulletin for taxi stats in Ireland. The Bulletin covers the main trends on Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSVs) across Ireland dealing with fleet numbers, licences issued, fleet profiles, licence numbers, complaints and compliance activity. There are six main categories of SPSV currently operating in Ireland, being the taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney, local area hackney, wheelchair accessible hackney and the limo. The majority of SPSVs are taxis operating in the Dublin area. The Bulletin revealed that there was just over 21,500 active vehicle licences in Ireland as at 31 December 2014, a fall of nearly 6,000 from its peak in 2008.

At Paddy Compare you can get taxi insurance quotes from specialist brokers in Ireland in minutes. Simply complete our online taxi insurance quote form and our system will match you up with the broker best suited to your details. Our trusted partners will then contact you by telephone, email and SMS with advice and quotes to meet your needs. They cover all vehicle types and quote nationwide. Save money on your taxi insurance with Paddy Compare today.