Some Multinationals Still Ripping Off Republic

Today I spoke out about against the cavalier and inconsistent attitude of a number of multinational retailers towards Irish pricing, saying that there are huge price discrepancies between Ireland and the UK that just cannot be accounted for. Following on from a recent newspaper report which showed 10 multinational retailers adding at least 20% to the price of their products, I am greatly disappointed by the lack of response.

I brought this up in the Seanad and noted that these chains are all high-street names and all are clearly adding a premium to their Irish prices, making them far more expensive than their UK counterparts. Even taking into account logistics and staffing costs, there is a huge premium – in many cases up to 40% – being added on to these items relative to their sale price in the UK. It’s absurd
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Consumers deserve an answer on this and I’m working to get one. It’s time somebody stood up for ordinary customers and got a better answer than ‘it’s just a little more expensive here’ “.
Senator Noone concluded by saying “I have written to all the retailers demanding an explanation, and have written to the CAI to seek a further investigation from them into this. The CAI needs to put together a report to show its worth and to really put pressure on these retailers to explain themselves.

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