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Irish Drink Prices

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In the run up to Saturday’s Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and France, the Director of Consumer Affairs on Thursday 10 March 2005, released the results of a new survey of pub prices. Inspectors from the Office carried out a survey on Tuesday 8 March of 26 licensed premises in the vicinity of Lansdowne Road to establish the prices displayed in the bar areas, in respect of nine different drinks. 

Foley's, Merrion Row and the Waterloo, Upper Baggot Street, head the Price Rip-Off Ranks in 2005, for non-hotel pubs. 

Prices displayed on 8th March 2005 "Comprehensive" List (Bar)

Carmel Foley said 

“We carried out a similar exercise for the England match that took place on 27 February. 

The resulting public awareness would appear to have benefited consumers as it encouraged most of the publicans in the area not to increase their prices for the day of the match.” 

The Director added, “The information on prices provided by my Office should enable consumers to make an informed decision about which licensed premises they visit on Saturday.” For full details of the results of the survey click here

In 2004, the Director of Consumer Affairs, Carmel Foley, expressed her anger at the raising of drink prices by some publicans in the vicinity of Lansdowne Road on Saturday 27 March 2004, for Ireland’s rugby match against Scotland.

“My inspectors compared the prices of beverages displayed by licensed premises in the Baggot Street and Lansdowne Road area on Friday 26 March with those displayed on Saturday 27 March. Six out of ten premises had increased their prices substantially with the largest increase being as much as €1 for a pint of stout in Maguires, Lower Baggot Street”, said the Director.

“While there is no breach of the legislation (once they display the prices they are charging) consumers should be made aware of this practice. Customers may also be interested to note the names of the pubs which did not display increased prices. I fail to see the justification for such price increases”, the Director continued.

(Finfacts Comment- The requirement to display prices in pubs dates back to the high inflation period of the 1970's. Why is there not a requirement to display prices which can be read from the exterior of a premises? If consumers were able to access an online searchable database of prices of select items in main urban areas , isn't it likely that rip off merchants would be reluctant to head a price league?)

Prices Displayed by 10 pubs on Fri 26 March 2004 and Sat 27 March 2004

Six out of  the ten increased prices

Pub Pint of Stout Pint of Ale Pint of Lager Pint of Cider
Fri 26 Sat 27 Fri 26 Sat 27 Fri 26 Sat 27 Fri 26 Sat 27
Doheny & Nesbitt 3.90 4.10 3.90 4.00 4.40 Unreadable 4.50 Unreadable
Maguires 3.90 4.90 3.90 4.90 4.30 4.60 4.30 4.60
Larry Murphy 3.90 4.00 3.90 4.00 4.30 Unreadable 4.40 Unreadable
Waterloo House 4.10 4.50 4.10 4.50 4.60 No Access 4.80 No Access
The Wellington 4.00 4.50 4.00 4.50 4.50 5.00 4.90 5.20
The 51 4.10 4.50 4.10 4.50 4.60 5.00 4.80 5.20
Toners 4.20 4.20 4.20 4.20 4.60 4.60 4.80 4.80
Searsons 4.05 4.05 4.05 4.05 4.40 4.40 4.60 4.60
Landsdowne House 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.50 4.50 4.60 4.60
Beggars Bush 3.25 3.25 3.25 3.25 3.70 3.70 3.95 3.95

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