Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980
Functions of Director of Consumer Affairs.
F25 [ 55. — (1) The Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trade shall have the following additional functions —
( a ) to keep under general review practices or proposed practices in relation to any of the obligations imposed on persons by any provision of this Act or the Act of 1893,
( b ) to carry out examinations of any such practices or proposed practices where the Director considers that, in the public interest, such examinations are proper or the Minister so requests,
( c ) to request persons engaging in or proposing to engage in such practices as are, or are likely to be, contrary to the obligations imposed on them by any provision of this Act or the Act of 1893 to discontinue or refrain from such practices,
( d ) to institute proceedings in the High Court for orders requiring persons engaging or proposing to engage in any practices as are, or are likely to be, contrary to the obligations imposed on them by any provision of this Act or the Act of 1893, to discontinue or refrain from such practices.
(2) The Minister may by order confer on the Director of Consumer Affairs and Fair Trade such further functions as he considers appropriate for the purposes of this Act. ]
Substituted (25.01.1988) by Restrictive Practices (Amendment) Act 1987 (31/1987), s. 32, S.I. No. 2 of 1988.
The Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 (29/2014), ss. 38 and 39, dissolving the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority and establishing the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on 31 October 2014 by S.I. No. 367 of 2014, provides that references to these organisations shall be construed as references to the Commission and that references to the chief executive of the National Consumer Agency shall, on and after that day, be construed as a reference to the chairperson of the Commission. Note also the statement of the functions of the Commission in s. 10 of the 2014 Act.
The Consumer Protection Act 2007 (19/2007), s. 37(3), establishing the National Consumer Agency on 1 May 2007 by S.I. No. 179 of 2007, provides that references to the Director and the office of the Director contained in any Act or instrument relating to any functions transferred by subsection (2) of the same section shall, on and after the establishment day, be read as references to the National Consumer Agency. Note also the statement of the functions of the Agency in s. 8 of the 2007 Act.