Personal Finance

Swift room rate hikes and table-topping consumer prices confirm we’re a rip-off republic

Irish households paid 46 per cent above the EU average for consumer goods and services last year

Some major performers, including Beyoncé, have decided not to include Dublin in their latest world tours

We have yet to reach the €10 pint in Ireland, but with the way things are going one imagines that it’s not far off.

Last week, it was confirmed that the country was number one in Europe for the highest consumer prices, according to Eurostat. We are now more expensive than the Nordic countries of Denmark and Finland, which are famously not known for being cheap.

Government hikes in alcohol and tobacco, as well as ...