Ireland 2017/2018

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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, VISA Checkout, Android Pay, Apple Pay. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2016 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2012-2016; 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

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1.0.0 last updated 2nd December 2017