The new Consumer Protection (Regulation of Retail Credit and Credit Servicing Firms) Act 2022, which:

  • requires any person carrying on a business of offering hire purchase products (including personal contract plans) or consumer-hire products to consumers, and any other person providing credit directly or indirectly to consumers, to be authorised by the Central Bank as a retail credit firm (if not already subject to Central Bank authorisation); and
  • requires any person who services such products to be authorised by the Central Bank as a credit servicing firm,

has been commenced with effect from today, 16 May 2022.

https://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2022/si/229/made/en/pdf