Offaly TD wants gifts vouchers to last for five years

New legislation is being considered

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Offaly TD wants gifts vouchers to last for five years

Offaly TD wants gifts vouchers to last for five years

Gift vouchers should have a minimum lifespan of five years, Offaly Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has said.

“There’s no doubt that there are great advantages to gift vouchers. That said, Ireland has no legislation regulating their expiry dates, which causes confusion and worry to many consumers," Marcella said.

“This can be particularly frustrating where the vouchers themselves aren’t clear about their expiration date. For too long the waters have been muddied for consumers and businesses alike."

“For the last few months, my Fine Gael colleague Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys, has been developing proposals to introduce a minimum expiry date of 5 years," Marcella explained.

These proposals are now at an advanced stage and a draft Bill will be going to Government shortly.

“Every year, countless gift vouchers are lost or go out of date and these proposals can make a real difference to consumers in here in Offaly, for the better," Marcella commented.

“We are hopeful that this important consumer protection initiative can be agreed by all parties in the Oireachtas.”

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