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Industrial rents fell 18pc

COSTS associated with doing business in Ireland are falling, but companies continue to pay more than average for legal fees, property, waste disposal and broadband.

The National Competitiveness Council (NCC) said industrial rents dropped 18pc in 2009.

However, rents remained the third-highest in the 16 countries reviewed because worldwide rents fell. The report complained that transport costs and taxis were expensive while the cost of legal services had declined very slowly. The NCC warned prices could rise again if the economy improves and called for measures to stop this rise.