"Rip-off" Ireland is second most expensive EU nation for consumers

Our alcohol and tobacco products cost 175% the average...

Ireland is the second most expensive EU country for goods and services.

Eurostat has estimated that Irish costs for a broad selection of products are 25% pricier than the EU average.

The country ranked as the most expensive for alcohol and tobacco, with prices 175% that of the average.

We have the third highest prices when it comes to "personal transport equipment" – which includes cars, motorbikes and bicycles – with prices 111% of the EU average.

We featured in the top five in the categories of restaurants & hotels and food & nonalcoholic drinks to boot.

The country priced above the average in all price categories, bar consumer electronics.

Denmark was the most expensive, at 139% the EU average, with Bulgaria (48%) and Romania (52%) being the two cheapest.

A number of non-EU countries are significantly more costly again, with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway being the priciest in Europe by a significant margin. 

The Eurostat figures for 2016 are revealed as a leading international tourism expert stated yesterday that he would never recommend "rip-off" Dublin to anyone looking for a short break. 

According to the Irish Independent, Professor Michael Hall from New Zealand's University of Canterbury declared that he was "horrified" when he realised one night in a Dublin hotel would cost more than two nights in a Helsinki hotel from the same chain.

Speaking at a tourism and hospitality conference in Sligo, Prof Hall said:

"Why would I come round the other side of the world to Ireland?

"There are lots of [other] beautiful countries. It is not particularly cheap.

"At the airport, what am I met with? James Joyce and Beckett, in terms of advertising. Come on. Where is the contemporary stuff? You also have the Irish jig playing in the background for the promo."

He also said holidaying alongside groups on stag weekends was not his idea of a "good time" and warned that international coverage issues such as clerical abuse and the recent investigation into Stephen Fry for alleged blasphemy was hurting Ireland's image.