Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland

Broadband Price Comparison
Updated  January 16th 2018

The availability of  faster home broadband in Ireland has increased in the past couple of years as Fibre broadband gradually moves across the country. Fibre broadband can give  speeds of up to 100Mbps – compared to the maximum 24Mbps on copper phone lines (DSL) . We have looked at some of the many broadband packages available to help you find the Cheapest Broadband Deals in Ireland.

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These are the current six cheapest 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 .

Prices Checked Jan 16th  2018

1 Eir – currently have the the lowest priced fibre broadband deal  – working out at €400  in year one ( includes  €50 cashback  .  With unlimited downloads (Fair usage cap of 1000Gb ) and free anytime calls to Irish landlines and mobiles (€76 a month reduced to €40 for the first 12 months with a further €5 a month discount if you join online .)  This Eir bundle also includes free calls to UK landlines  as well as Eir Sport. It is a 12 month contract – (so you can switch again without penalty if you want to when the price rises to €76 a month)  You can see more details of  this bundle and compare it to others from Eir HERE

2. Vodafone  is in second place with a year one charge of €450 . With broadband  speeds of upto 100Mb  and unlimited downloads ( 1 Tb fair usage cap) and free calls to Irish  landlines. Vodafone’s bundle costs €50 a month (reduced to €25 for first 6 months) . This works out at a total of €450 in year one.  More details can be found on this Vodafone bundle at Switcher.ie

3. Pure Telecom  have the third lowest priced fibre and phone bundle costing €504 in year one.  The monthly charge is €50 , reduced to €34 for the first 6 months. 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. 18 month contract.

4. Virgin Media  (only available in larger cities and towns )  have a broadband and phone bundle with upto 240Mb speeds and anytime calls to Irish landlines and Irish PLus FREE 400 anytime minutes to 22 countries abroad . Priced at €59 a month (reduced to €44 for first 12 months) . This would cost €528 in the first year. (12 month contract). They also have an option with a 30 day contract for €59 a month . Full Details and option to Sign Up Here

5. 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).

6. 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


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

 

Broadband
Provider

Total
Cost in 1st Year
Normal Monthly Charge Max
Speed
Monthly
Data  Limit
Eir
€400 €76 100Mb Unlimited
Vodafone
€450 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Pure Telecom €504 €50 100Mb Unlimited
Virgin Media
€528 €59 240Mb Unlimited
Sky *
€560 €62.50 100Mb Unlimited
Digiweb ++
€599.40 €49.95 100Mb Unlimited

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

Eir bundle includes free calls to UK landlines

* Sky  package also  includes free anytime calls to landlines in these countries Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA (also includes calls to mobiles in Canada and USA) . This would be a big attraction for people with friends and family living overseas.

++ Digiweb bundle includes 6000 minutes per month of calls to Irish and UK landlines PLus 1500 minutes of calls to UK/Irish mobiles.

If you are not bothered about having a landline – take a look at our page on the Best Prices for Broadband Only Deals

Most Popular Broadband Provider

According to ComReg  – in the middle of 2016  Eir were still the biggest broadband provider in Ireland – with 33.7% of total fixed broadband subscriptions, Virgin Media (formerly UPC)  had 27.4% of subscriptions. Vodafone had 17.7% and Sky Ireland had 11.1% of the market share. All other providers  accounted for the remaining 10.1% share of fixed broadband subscriptions.

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Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners

Financial assistance of up to €8000 Euro is available via local authorities under a scheme called “Housing Aid for Older People” .

The Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners are for people aged 66 years or older, who are living in poor housing conditions. (In cases of genuine hardship a local authority may also assist people under age 66.) You should apply for the scheme as early in the year as possible as many local authorities run out of funding as early as May although some councils keep a small emergency fund for extreme cases.

The grant can only be paid to owner occupiers (or to people who are buying their house from the local authority under the Tenant Purchase Scheme.)

In 2016 the average grant payment under this scheme was €3692
In 2016 a total of €12.6 million was paid out for 3425 properties.
Cork County Council paid out the most in 2016 – €1,534,850 . 

All the local authorities have different guidelines regarding the type of work they will award grants for.   You should check with your own local authority to see which types of work they will cover.  In general , only essential repairs that make a property habitable will be covered under the scheme.   This would typically include things such as :

Roof repairs or re-roofing
The provision of water, sanitary services and central heating
Re-wiring
The replacement of  windows or doors will be considered  on a case by case basis and only those considered essential will be replaced under the scheme
. (Some councils seem to exclude door and window replacement from their grant schemes – but it may be worth applying and appealing if you get refused)

It is a means tested grant.  The maximum grant of 95% of the cost of works (Maximum of  €8000)  can be given to households where the total annual household income is less than €30,000.  (That is €576 a week)
So a single person or a couple on just a full state pension would easily qualify under income rules.

The grant  is also  prioritised on medical needs.  People for whom alterations or adaptations would facilitate their discharge from hospital or the continuance of care in their own home will get the highest priority .
The local authorites have a fixed budget to spend and they decide who gets it. There is an appeal process.

Households with income under €30,000  can get 95% of the cost ( Max €8000)
Households with income from €30,000 – €35,000  can get 85% of the cost ( Max €6,800)
Households with income from €35,001 – €40,000  can get 75% of costs (Max €6,000)
Households with income from €40,001 – €50,000 can get 50% of the cost (Max €4,000)
Households with income from €50,001 – €60,000 can get 30% of the cost (Max  €2,400)
Households with income over €60,000 a year do not qualify.

Contact your Local Authority to get a claim form and to find out more details.

 

Grants to help with Keeping Your House Warm

Up until 2018 , some homeowners who upgraded their old central heating boiler could claim  a grant towards the cost of a new boiler.

The Better Energy grant scheme has been updated from January 2018 – and the grant of €100, previously given for a replacement oil or gas boiler, is no longer offered

Under the grant scheme,  householders who own a house that was built before 2006 can get a grant of €700 Euro towards the cost of upgrading central heating controls. (This has  been increased from €600) .

Larger grants are also available to help with insulation – as much as €6000 towards external insulation on a detached house.

Grants towards the cost  insulation are available from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  The Better Energy scheme is available to any owner of a dwelling built before 2006.
The work must be carried out by a contractor from the SEAI’s registered list.


Tip: If you are looking for ways to cut your energy bills – one quick and easy way is to just switch your supplier. Savings in the region of €400 can be made by the average household in just 1 year. See the switching  figures here


More details below  of the maximum amounts of grants available under the Better Energy Homes Scheme . Internal and external wall insulation grants are lower for semi detached or terraced homes. (Figures checked Jan 2018)

Insulation Attic Insulation €300
Wall Insulation – Cavity €300
Wall Insulation – External €6000
Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining €2400
Heating Systems
Heating Controls Upgrade only €600
Solar Heating €1200
Building Energy Rating (BER) €50**

Online application for Grant can be found here

More Financial Help : If your income is low – you might qualify for help with all the costs of  installing insulation from another scheme called the Warmer Homes Scheme

Update –    Some more households could now qualify for FREE insulation soon under another government scheme More details of who will qualify for free insulation here

 

How to Cut Energy Fuel Bills and Save Hundreds

The price of Oil and wholesale gas fell during 2015/2016 and we saw some small drops in energy prices from the energy suppliers .   Prices started rising again in late 2017 and early 2018 – mainly as a result of gas price increases.   – so those fuel bills could be going back up again soon.

Switch
One easy and free way to cut fuel bills is to switch to a cheaper supplier. Most of the energy companies offer cheaper rates for new customers. See the best switching deals here.

Grants : There has been some publicity about Home Insulation Grants and Energy Efficiency – but it seems there are still hundreds of thousands of homes in Ireland that are poorly insulated and using inefficient costly methods of heating.  More about Grants Here .

In 2012 the government estimated that there were approximately one million buildings in Ireland that would benefit from some form of energy efficiency retrofit which could lead to lifetime energy savings worth €16 billion

The cost of buying and fitting  insulation and new heating systems can be expensive – but the savings on fuel bills that can be achieved could make it worthwhile and pay for themselves.

As well  grants available for insulation and heating systems there are now special types of mortgages that can be used to pay for retrofitting of green energy saving modifications to your home.
The “Retrofit Finance Initiative”  from the Irish Banking Federation has been taken up by a few banks in Ireland. You can take out a  mortgage top-up in order to make your house more energy efficient through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Better Energy Homes Scheme.

As well as getting grants to help with the cost – you can pay the balance by borrowing the finance required at mortgage rates of interest by releasing a portion of the equity in your home.

KBC is one bank in Ireland offering this Retrofit Finance –  They will lend a minimum of €10,000  for a minimum term of  3 years. In the case of older houses with poor BER ratings – the savings you could make on energy bills would even cover the cost of the loan.

For example : a 1970’s bungalow  150 sq metres – with a poor BER rating of E1 where there is no outstanding mortgage.  The house has very little insulation and an old inefficient oil boiler. The energy usage  is 80% oil and 20% Electricity with annual bills coming in at €4560 .

It is estimated that the cost of attic  insulation, external wall insulation and a high efficiency oil fired boiler with heating controls upgrade will be in the region of €18,000.

The owner could claim grants of €5500 towards these costs  – leaving the net amount to be financed of  €12,500

 Maximum Grants Available from SEAI (Checked Jan 2018)
Works
Cash Grant Value*
Insulation Attic Insulation €300
Wall Insulation – Cavity €300
Wall Insulation – External €6000
Wall Insulation – Internal Dry Lining €2400
Heating System  
Heating Controls Upgrade only €700
Solar Heating €1200
Building Energy Rating (BER) €50**

 

After installation  these changes should improve the BER from E1 to C2. This should result in an energy saving of about 40%  and a reduction in fuel bills of   about  €153 per month. (€1836 a year).  These savings will more than likely get bigger each year as energy prices  increase .

With a Retrofit mortgage – the homeowner could borrow the full amount of €13290 over 10 years – with repayments of  around €135 a month (interest rate of 4%) . This is less than the monthly savings on the fuel bills  – so the changes will in effect pay for themselves!

You could also try switching your halogen downlighers to these more efficient LED ones and cut their energy usage by  as much as 90%-