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BPFI Payments Monitor – Q1 2023

Contactless payments surge by nearly 18% in first quarter of 2023 hitting 3 million payments per day – BPFI Payment Monitor

As online and mobile payments also continued to grow, new data shows 86.3% of people say they used internet banking in 2022, the fourth highest proportion in the EU

Thursday 29th June 2023 – The volume of contactless payments rose by 17.6% year-on-year to 268.7 million in Q1 2023 hitting three million payments a day, according to the latest Payments Monitor from Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). The report also shows that online and mobile banking payment volumes grew by 6.2% year-on-year to 36.4 million, the second highest quarterly volume (after Q4 2022) since that data series began in 2016.

Commenting on the latest BPFI report, Gillian Byrne, Head of Payments, BPFI said: “Today’s report shows the continued shift by consumers towards contactless payments with volumes surging by nearly 18% in Q1 2023. At the same time, we also saw the value of these payments increasing by 22% to almost €4.6 billion or €51 million per day. The average payment value reached €17.05, up from €16.40 a year earlier. Interestingly we can also see that the growth in contactless payments continued to outpace total card payment growth, which rose by 10.6% year on year to 463.4 million according to the Central Bank of Ireland.”

Ms Byrne continued: “Looking at online and mobile banking payments during the same period we have seen an increase of 6.2% year on year to 36.4 million, the second highest quarterly volume (after Q4 2022) since that data series began. We are also aware from Eurostat data that Ireland had the fourth highest internet banking penetration in the EU in 2022 after Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands. And with the data also showing that 86.3% of people aged 16 or over saying they used internet banking, this again highlights consumers’ continued preference for digital banking.”


Data Series: All payments monitor data from January 2016 onwards is available in Microsoft Excel format (*.xls) in the BPFI Payments Monitor report data series. The BPFI Payments Monitor report data series since January 2016 is available to download here.

Note: Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) represents the banking, payments and fintech sector in Ireland. Together with its affiliates, the Federation of International Banks in Ireland, and the Fintech & Payments Association of Ireland, BPFI has over 125 member institutions and associates, including licensed domestic and foreign banks and institutions operating in the financial marketplace here.

Contact: Fiona Murphy, Head of Communications, 087 9740046, or Jillian Heffernan, Director of Communications, 087 9016880,

The BPFI Payments Monitor Q1 2023 is available for download below in PDF format.