Expiry dates on gift vouchers will be banned as part of a major overhaul of consumer law, the Irish Independent can reveal.
And consumers who download or stream music, videos and apps are to be given statutory rights and remedies if something goes wrong.
The changes are part of a new Consumer Rights Bill which Jobs Minister Richard Bruton will unveil today.
Every year, thousands of gift vouchers and cards go to waste because they are out of date, so the ban on expiry dates will be a massive benefit to consumers.
A study by the National Consumer Agency (NCA) found that 48pc of consumers have let a voucher lapse in the past, showing this is an extremely widespread problem.
It will also give people much stronger rights when it comes to online purchases, in recognition of the huge surge of such business.