Interest rates on Savings Accounts in Ireland have been slowly dropping over the last few years. Many instant access deposit accounts now pay a tiny 0.01% rate of interest. On a deposit of €50,000 that would make just €5 a year in interest – before tax.
If you have money sitting in a savings account paying just 0.01 % – you could get interest rates a 100 times bigger elsewhere.
For example – a rate of 0.91% is available at Banco Português de Gestão via Raisin.ie (0.61% after DIRT). On €50,000 – that rate would earn €455 before tax instead of just €5 .
On our page of the Best Savings Rates in Ireland – you will see that the best available easy access interest rate on deposits in the banks is now just 0.05% . (January 2022) . This is a pretty poor rate of interest.
If you are willing to lock your money away for a few years you can get slightly better rates.
The best rate over 5 years is 0.78% AER from J&T Banka # via Raisin.ie (1.17% before DIRT)
If you fix for 3 Years you can get 0.7% at Banco Português de Gestão via Raisin.ie (1.05% before DIRT) # Max €100,000)
Over five years – the 5 year National Savings certificate pays 0.59% Tax-Free
Or you could go for the 10 year Solidarity Bond which pays 0.96% after taxes.
If you save smaller amounts regularly – you can get interest rates of up to 0.85% – see details here.
See more of our Money Saving Tips.
If you are interested in the possibility of investing some money in stocks and shares – take a look at our page comparing various online stockbrokers in Ireland.