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Irish consumers being ripped off

Posted on May 21, 2008 at 02:39 PM

Rising prices and the rip-off of Irish consumers by British retailers was raised in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions this morning.

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told the Taoiseach how some British retailers are charging Irish consumers up to 50 per cent more than an item's sterling price. This is despite the strength of the Euro against sterling.

In these circumstances we would expect that the prices in the Irish branches of British retailers would have fallen, instead they are higher. The Sunday Business Post did a survey recently which found that the prices in Irish branches of British retailers are up to 50 per cent more than in the UK.

"What is the Government doing or going to do to address these problems, and what are you going to do to get the National Consumer Agency to act more effectively," Eamon asked the Taoiseach.

Have you experienced any rip-off moments, if so let us know in the comments.

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