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Action needed on the cost of food

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 05:53 PM

The cost of food in Ireland is almost 30 per cent more than the EU average and at a time when more and more people are losing their jobs, and when others are experiencing significant pay cuts, families are increasingly finding it difficult to make ends meet, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dáil today during Leaders Questions.

"There is no getting away from the fact that prices here are out of line with the rest of Europe," he said.

"If we are in an environment where farmers are not getting paid the proper price, food producers and suppliers are being squeezed by hello money and all kinds of practices and peoples incomes have dropped, it is not acceptable that the price of basic foodstuff - the products going into the trolleys in the supermarkets are 30 per cent above the rest of the European Union.

The Government needs to take action to address this issue and I ask it to do so."

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