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Rip-off of Irish consumers must stop

Posted on May 27, 2008 at 06:19 PM

Following on from last week in the Dáil when Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore raised the issue of Irish consumers being ripped off by British retailers among others, the topic was once again the subject of today's Leaders' Questions.

"I was glad that after I raised it last week that the Taoiseach asked the Tanaiste to get a handle on the problem. The National Consumer Agency is now to conduct a survey of prices, but more than a survey needs to be done," Eamon told the Dáil.

Eamon also suggested a number of actions the Tanaiste should consider in tackling consumer rip-off:

- On foot of the National Consumer Agency survey to name and shame rip-off outlets.

- Let consumers pay sterling prices by credit card.

- Introduce regulations for the labelling of goods.

- Call in the senior management of large British multiples and tell them that the ripping off of Irish consumers will not be tolerated.

- To ask the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority to look at what has happened to make diesel costs rise massively against petrol costs.

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