Ireland the fifth most expensive country to buy food in Europe
IRELAND is still one of the most expensive countries in Europe to buy food.
The price of food and non-alcoholic beverages is 18pc more expensive than the European Union average, a new Eurostat survey shows.
And alcohol prices here are 62pc higher than average with cigarettes twice as dear.
Ireland is the fifth most expensive country in the EU for foodstuffs, with milk, meat and bread all well above average.
The Eurostat survey of food prices in 2012 found that Denmark was the most expensive with prices 43pc higher than average, followed by Sweden, Austria, Finland and Ireland.
The survey is based on a basket of 500 comparable products across EU member states and 12 other countries outside the EU such as Turkey and Norway.
For alcohol Irish prices were double those in cheapest Bulgaria, Romania and Germany.
And for cigarettes Irish consumers pay 99pc more than average - and four times as much as people in Hungary, Lithuania and Bulgaria, though British prices are almost as high as ours.
Even though we're a huge producer and exporter of dairy products, the price of milk, cheese and eggs here is 19pc above average.
And for meat which we also produce in abundance prices are 10pc higher than in our nearest neighbour Britain which is at the EU average.