Why the Use of Cash should be Guaranteed

Consumer advocates have warned the Government to intervene to ensure that shoppers will always have the option of paying with cash, as contactless and card payments become increasingly popular.

Some Irish shops are starting to refuse cash payments, the Consumers’ Association of Ireland has warned.

The association's senior policy adviser, Dermott Jewell, said retailers should be told by the Government and regulators that they must always accept cash payments and, short of a referendum, the choice of using cash to make payments should be guaranteed for all consumers.

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The War Against Cash - 06/10/2021

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

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