Sir, - No wonder that Ireland has the highest inflation rate in the EU. This morning I received my bill for refuse charges and my car insurance renewal demand - up by 61 per cent and 19 per cent respectively. Petrol prices also remain high despite a considerable reduction in the crude oil price. We are being ripped off by private industry, but even more so by our Government. When do people wake up and say stop? - Yours, etc.,

H.L. DORSCH, Liffey Lawns, Clane, Co Kildare.