Payment Card Year Books


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Payment Organization 

Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), established following the integration of the Irish Banking Federation (IBF) and the Irish Payment Services Organisation (IPSO) in 2014. 

Domestic Card Brand 

None. Laser cards were phased-out by end of February 2014. 

Market Structure 

  • Historically a credit card market. Debit card use has grown through the domestic Laser debit cards scheme. 
  • Irish banks replaced domestic Laser cards mainly with VISA Debit cards (also: Debit MasterCard cards). 
  • Card issuance and acquiring is dominated by the two large Irish banking groups, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks (AIB). 
  • The Irish are among the heaviest users of cash and cheques in Europe. Stamp duty on debit and credit cards has held back the development of the card market. 

Notable Market Trends 

Contactless cards and POS/MPOS terminals, QR-codes; MasterPass. 

Updated Information About:

Major Issuers, Major Acquirers, Major Processors and Consumer Finance indicator. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2015 provided in this profile:

  • UPDATED: tables with card business data 2011-2015; growth rates: Y-o-Y, CAGR
  • Population, Cards per Capita, Card Value per Capita
  • Debit Cards, Credit/Delayed Debit Cards, Total Cards
  • Card payments by number and by value, ATV per card, payments per card/year
  • ATMs, POS terminals, ATMs/POS terminals per 1 million capita
  • ATM withdrawals by number/by value, ATV per withdrawal, TXs per ATM/month
  • POS payments by number/by value, ATV per POS payment, TXs per POS/month
  • Internet Use, e-payment mix, B2C e-Commerce by value and growth rate
  • Issued Card brands by individual major issuer bank
  • Accepted card brands by individual major acquirer
  • Drill down into the debit card use and credit cards use details

Product information

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1.2(120117) last updated 12th January 2017