DUBLIN -- The least expensive Irish breakfast is north of the border. Consumers pay 43% more for long-necked beer in Ireland, compared to prices in Northern Ireland. Some of this price-gouging is due to higher taxes in the Republic of Ireland. The remainder of the higher fees is down to gouging. When you strip out the impact of tax, you find a consistent pattern of higher pre-tax prices in the South. Figures from consumer organisations confirm a pattern of much higher mark-ups all across Ireland. Retailers who overcharge must be named and shamed.
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