Eleven of Ireland’s largest credit unions are set to compete with banks through the introduction of debit card services. According to the Irish Independent, this should give approx. 250,000 people access to debit cards.
A pilot is currently underway at Tullamore credit union, and will then be rolled to the other ten locations.
In other news, the Irish Times’ Fiona Redden examines Laya Healthcare’s new low-cost public hospital cover, costing €9 per week.
Aimed at getting younger people on the health insurance ladder at an affordable price, the plan doesn’t cover private hospitals, but does cover out-patient procedures, day cases, and semi-private accommodation in public hospitals.