Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  October 15th  2018

A survey of fixed broadband usage in Ireland by COMREG last year  found that the average spend on a landline and broadband bundle was €59 a month ( €708 a year) . There are just over 1.25  million fixed residential  broadband subscriptions in Ireland – using an average of 161 GB of data per month each.

COMreg also found that over 26% of households were spending more than €71 a month on phone and broadband bundles (That is €852 a year)  .

There are substantial savings to be made by switching to a cheaper broadband provider.  Someone paying the average of €708 a year could save as much as €264 in 12 months by switching their broadband and landline to the cheapest provider. The 26% of people who are paying at least €852 a year could save over €408 in 12 months by switching.

We have compared the prices of broadband packages to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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These are the current six cheapest fixed line broadband and phone bundles with unlimited broadband data and unlimited anytime phone calls to landlines .  (All speeds are at least  “upto” 100Mbs  –  actual speed will depend on your phone line in most cases). These deals are usually only available for new customers and may not be available in all areas.

Prices Checked  October 16th 2018

1.   Pure Telecom have a fibre and phone bundle costing €360 in year one.  The normal monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €30 for the first 12 months. (Their Bill Save bundle) They use the Eircom fibre network – so the availability and connection quality etc. should be the same as Eir . Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract.

2. Vodafone have a broadband bundle priced at €450 for the first year . With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and unlimited calls to Irish landlines . Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months). It is an 18 month contract.  More details can be found on Vodafone bundles at Switcher.ie

3. Sky have a broadband and phone bundle (TV subscription not required)  – with speeds of upto 100mb and anytime calls to Irish landlines and several international destinations. It costs €62.50 a month  with the first 12 months at €42.50 (works out at €560 in year one including equipment charges).

4.Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds , anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish mobiles, plus 400 minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €59 a month (reduced to €39 for first 6 months) . This would cost €588 in the first year. (12 month contract).   Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

5. Digiweb – have a fibre broadband bundle with speeds upto 100Mbs and  “unlimited” anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles as well as UK landlines and mobiles. It costs €49.95 per month which works out as €599.40 in year one.  (There is a limit on calls – but it’s pretty big – 6,000 to Irish/UK landline numbers and 1,500 minutes to any Irish/UK mobiles per month. Anything over that will be charged for.) More Here

6. Eir – currently have  a broadband and phone bundle working out at €629.75  in year one .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles. The usual price is high (€69.98 a month) but this is reduced to €49.98 for the first 12 months. This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines and mobiles  as well as Eir Sport.    You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

 


Broadband Price Comparison Summary (All listed bundles include anytime calls to landlines)

 

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Pure Telecom €360 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€450 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€560 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€588 €59 360Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited
Eir
€629.75 €69.98 100Mb Unlimited

You can check current broadband prices and availability in your area on the very useful Switcher.ie site

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Best Broadband Deals for Students

Having  broadband available in a student house is pretty much an essential requirement  – for all that online   gaming …   studying that will be going on.
Most college provided or purpose built student accommodation will usually have broadband included as part of the rental agreement – but for those  who will be living in shared houses what are the best broadband deals for students ?

Most student tenancies will usually last from September to June –  about 9 months. So a long broadband contract is probably not a good idea.  Most broadband contracts are 12 months long and some are 18 months – if you terminate early you may be  liable to pay for the full length of the contract or at least pay an early termination charge.

Broadband Speed and Limits:  With several students in one house you are probably going to need unlimited data and a fairly high speed to cope with all those educational downloads 🙂 . Most students probably won’t bother with a landline – but sometimes a bundle of broadband and phone can work out cheaper.

The cheapest deal is currently from Pure Telecom .  They have a fibre and phone bundle costing just  €360 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €30 for the first 12 months.  Anytime landline calls included. Speeds of up to 100Mbs depending on line and location. 12 month contract. (Their broadband only option will cost €572 !)

Eir – have a broadband and phone bundle working out at €449.87 over 12 months . It comes with unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free off peak calls to Irish landlines and mobiles. Eir sport included. (€59.99 a month reduced to €34.99 for the first 12 months .)    You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

 Sky.  have a  12 month contract – working out at  €470 over 12 months .It includes a phone line with free off peak calls too. (just be careful not to use the phone during peak hours)

Virgin Media  – if it is available in your area – have a short contract option which will suit students. They have a broadband and phone bundle with just a 30 day contract length.  Their 240Mb Freedom Broadband and Anytime Mobile bundle  includes unlimited  broadband data with unlimited anytime calls to Irish mobiles and landlines and 400  call minutes to 22 countries abroad.It costs €59 a month with a €20 activation fee – so over 9 months it works out at €551More details and the option to sign up here


Here is a summary of the prices of the cheapest  broadband bundles with speeds of at least “upto” 100Mbs and with unlimited data. Prices include any set up or activation fees.
In these calculations below we have assumed that the total length of the contract must be paid for in full. Some providers will allow early termination – but could charge a fee of between €150 and €300 .

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost over 9 months 
Contract
Length
Max
Speed
Extras
Pure €360 12 months 1000Mb Free anytime calls to Irish landlines
Eir
€449.87 12 months 100Mb Off peak calls to Irish landlines.
Sky
€470 12 months 100Mb Off Peak Calls
Virgin Media
€551 30 days 240Mb Free Anytime Calls
Digiweb
€599.40 12 months 100Mb None

Figures checked Oct 2018

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Property Tax Rates for 2019

Property Tax Rates 2019

Under Property Tax regulations – local Councils can adjust the annual property tax rates  , up or down each year, by as much as 15% from the base rate. All the decisions for 2019  LPT had to be made by September 30th 2018 – and these are the results of all the local authorities decisions on the Property Tax Rates for 2019 .

Th majority of councils did not change their  rates from 2018 – apart from these three :

  • Tipperary – reduced by 10%
  • Kerry – reduced by 5%
  • Longford – raised by 10%

See more here about Paying the 2019 Local Property Tax


The following councils will be charging the standard rate of LPT  in 2019 :

Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork County, Cork City, Donegal, Galway County,
Galway City,  Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny,  Leitrim,
Louth, Mayo , Meath , Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo,
Tipperary,  Westmeath, Wicklow .

The following Councils will be  charging more than the standard  LPT rate.
Laois – 10% more
Limerick City & County : 7.5% more
Longford  15% more ( This is a 10% increase from 2018)
Waterford 2.5% more
Wexford 10% more

The following local authorities will charge 15% less than the standard LPT again in 2019

Dublin City Council
Dun Laoghaire + Rathdown Council
South Dublin County Council

Other Reduced Rates

A 10% cut to LPT will be made by Fingal County Council (The same as 2018)

 

Property Tax 2019

The Property Tax 2019 liability date is  November 1st 2018.
If you own a residential property on that date – then you will be liable for the Property Tax on it for the whole of 2019.

If  you are planning on paying your 2019 Local Property Tax  in full by  cash, cheque, postal order, credit card or debit card. – the payment deadline is the 11th  January 2019

If you want  to change your payment method for 2019, you will need to amend your LPT record online and confirm the new payment method by 23rd November 2018. 

If  you wish to pay the tax in full, in a single payment you should confirm that by the 11th January 2019.

Note:  Single Debit Authority payments will be deducted from bank accounts on or around  20th March 2019:

For all of the 700,000 or so owners that paid the 2018 LPT  by Direct Debit or by deduction at source – that method of payment will continue automatically for 2019. There will be no need for these people to complete any forms etc. (Unless they want to change their  method of payment).
If owners  were exempt in 2018 – and nothing has changed – then the exemption carries on through 2019.

If you are one of the people (about 1million) who paid the 2018 LPT  in a lump sum from your bank account or by credit card or debit card , or by cheque or cash or by installments in the Post Office etc   – you will need to confirm your payment method again for 2019.

Information about 2019 Property Tax Amounts Here


Revenue will be sending out  letters during October 2018  to those  people who paid by lump sum –  to ask them to confirm their payment option again for the 2019 Property Tax .

A payment instruction form (LPT1a) will be included with this letter only for about 300,000 people (i.e. those who filed by paper last year) . The rest of the owners will be expected to confirm payment methods for 2019 online.
About 30,000 notifications will also  issue to Revenue Online mail boxes.

The LPT Helpline is 1890 200 255 .–  See alternative to 1890 number here

LPT Online can be accessed here

The good news is  – that the original LPT  valuations that were  filed back  in  2013 are still valid for 2019 – so you don’t have to go through the valuation process again. The LPT valuation band you selected for 2013 stays the same until November 2019 (Unless you think it was wrong.).
If you live in an area where the Property Tax for 2019 is different to the 2018 rate – you will get a letter confirming the new rate if you pay by deduction at source or direct debit .

Note that if you bought your home in 2013 you are still exempt from the Property Tax until  the end of 2019 – see more about that here


Property Tax 2019 Lump Sum Payment Dates

Credit/Debit Card payments: (online only):  The full amount will be charged to your card on the day you select this payment method for paying your 2019 LPT .

11th January 2019: If  you are paying your LPT in full by  cash, cheque, postal order, credit card or debit card. – payment must be made by the latest 11th January 2019

14th January 2019 – This is the date of the first LPT monthly direct debit.

20th March 2019:  Single Debit Authority payments will be deducted from bank accounts on or around  this date.