Our prices are the third highest in EU
Prices in Ireland are the third highest in the European Union, according to the EU statistical agency Eurostat.
Alcohol and tobacco prices in this country are the highest in the EU.
The statistical agency found that prices here are 25pc higher than in the other member states.
Only in Denmark and Luxembourg are prices across a range of goods and services higher than in this State.
The lowest cost for goods was in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland.
Food prices in this country are 17pc above the EU average.
Ireland was only the sixth most expensive for a basket of food and non-alcoholic beverages, when the survey was carried out last year.
The highest prices for alcohol and tobacco were in this country, with prices about 74pc above the average.