Irish consumers pay most for cigs and booze in Europe
Ireland had the highest prices for alcohol and tobacco products in the EU-27 last year, according to new figures.
In 2010, the cost was 170pc of the average due mainly to our high excise rates.
The cost of food and non-alcoholic beverages in Ireland was the second dearest in Europe, just behind Denmark, at 120pc of the average.
And overall Ireland had the fifth highest prices for consumer goods and services at 118pc, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistics office of the EU.
Ireland was below the EU average in two areas: clothing, which came in at 95pc and consumer electronics at 94pc.
Food prices were the highest in Denmark and lowest in Bulgaria.
For restaurants and hotels, price variations were more significant, with price levels ranging from 45pc of the average in Bulgaria to 153pc of the average in Denmark.