Cost of living in Europe: Are we paying over the odds to live in Ireland?

From drinks to clothes, from housing to transport, how do we compare with other countries across Europe?

Typically, round about now, many of us would be sitting in the sunshine sipping a €3 glass of wine, eating a €10 plate of tapas or moules frites and wondering how life can be so expensive back at home. Do we really have to go back?

Instead, this year, many of us will be spending our holidays at home. We’ll be enjoying the scenery and many pleasures of Ireland – but likely also bemoaning the considerable expense. A summer holiday in Ireland has undoubtedly brought the cost of living here into sharp focus once more. But how does it really compare with other European countries?

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