Your 2021 round-up
Sarah Rigney
Staff Writer

January represents a time to reflect on the past year and reset. As we embark on a new year we decided to take a look back at the top stories and main events of 2021.

​​2021 was undeniably full of ups and downs. Europe’s energy crisis took over the headlines and inflation reached a new 20-year high, but we saw positive movement in the mortgage market and new insurance measures announced.

There’s a lot to unpack from the past year, so we thought it would be a good idea to condense everything down. Here we’ve highlighted the top stories and main developments in the energy, broadband, banking and insurance industries.

Why not take a look and see what news you missed?


Gas and electricity prices rose staggeringly throughout 2021, causing quite a media stir. Delve into our most-read energy-related articles from the previous 12 months:

Broadband, TV and phone

The pandemic resulted in people spending more time at home than ever before, putting added importance on the quality, speed and cost of broadband, TV and phone plans.

Take a look at the top broadband, TV and phone stories of last year:


Insurance prices are increasing across the board, however, 2021 saw new measures coming in to protect Irish consumers and their pockets. 

Read about some of the biggest insurance developments to hit Ireland last year:


From the selling of loan books to the rise of digital banking, there were numerous banking developments in 2021. 

Take a look at some of our top banking stories from the past year:

Personal finance 

The past year has had a mixed impact on our pocket. As a nation we’ve amassed huge savings, however we’re also being negatively affected by rising inflation. 

Here are some of the personal finance topics we wrote about over the last 12 months:


Competition in the Irish mortgage market finally began to heat up in 2021, despite Ulster Bank and KBC exiting the Irish market. This has led to regular rate drops and a broadening of mortgage products from lenders.

Take a look at our top mortgage blogs of 2021 below:

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Let’s hear from you

What do you think the biggest development of 2021 was? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! You can also get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.