The European Antitrust Review 2010

Ireland

01 September 2009

Competition law in Ireland is consolidated in one main statute, the Competition Act 2002 as amended by the Competition (Amendment) Act 2006 (the Act).1 Part 3 of the Act, which relates to merger control, came into force on 1 January 2003. The remainder of the Act came into force on 1 July 2002. The minister for enterprise, trade and employment (the minister) is expected to bring forward amending legislation, during the course of 2009/2010, to deal with changes to the overall operation and implementation of the Act and the merger of the Competition Authority (the Authority) and the National Consumer Agency (NCA), which was proposed by the Irish government in the 2008 budget. The department of finance also announced in June of this year that the 'consumer and education' role of the Irish Financial Regulator is to be assigned to the NCA.2