“This survey proves that not only are consumers saving no money..”

According to the report in the Irish Times, a group representing family-owned grocery stores in Ireland is lobbying for “urgent government action” and the Irish Farmers’ Association’s patriotic campaign continues, as they attempt to convince shoppers in Ireland that “the cost of shopping in the North is much dearer for people living in the Republic when the costs of travel and subsistence are taken into account.” Not according to the shoppers the Belfast Telegraph reporter talked to.. As Conor Pope noted at the start of the week, “All this patriot talk started with the Budget.” Adds RGDATA statement.

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  • Mack

    Monday is Culchie Day. First time in history it will be celebrated in Newry not Dublin!

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    does this mean that southerners living near the border prefer the border in place? High wages and cheap goods. Me thinks so…

  • Finches

    I live near Raphoe in east Donegal, and I occasionally do my shopping in ASDA Strabane. To be honest, I have not noticed it being substantially cheaper than Dunnes in Letterkenny. The fruit there is abominable and there is hardly any selection compared to Dunnes or Tesco. Loose Gala apples are 69p per kilo, but they are inedible and are totally tasteless. The only brand of apples with any taste are Cox’s, but they are more expensive than in Dunnes. They only carry about three varieties of apple, and all are crap. In Dunnes one can get good quality Jonagoreds, Gala, Pink Lady, Cox, Golden Delicious, and “Irish Apples”. Bananas are only slightly cheaper there, but they are not of the same freshness as in Tesco (where they can be bought almost green). Just yesterday, I was able to purchase a delicious pack of eight Jonagored for 40c in Lidl Letterkenny. Mince is cheaper in Letterkenny also. The difference in the price of vegetables is insignifant. Personally, I buy my vegetables at a market. Better for the local area plus I find supermarket carrots to be tasteless.

    Alcohol however is much cheaper in ASDA, and in the North in general. Sainsbury’s sell more alcohol in Newry than in any other store in the UK. I think alcohol is the primary motivating factor for southerners to shop in the north. It really is the elephant in the room in these interviews. Few of these people would be prepared to casually reveal their drinking habits to the Belfast Telegraph.

  • dunreavynomore

    Finches
    I see the people from the 26 cos on a regular basis in Newry and while they certainly buy a lot of alcohol they also buy a lot of groceries, chocolates, biscuits, toys, electronics and on and on.
    On the ‘patriot’ question some years ago a republican from the west of Ireland was staying with me. his petrol was almost run out and he would only buy one gallon until he got back over the border as he thought it unpatriotic to help finance the british government through taxation. I asked him did he not mind helping the ‘free state’ and he said the lesser of two evils.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “According to the report in the Irish Times, a group representing family-owned grocery stores in Ireland is lobbying for “urgent government action” and the Irish Farmers’ Association’s patriotic campaign continues, as they attempt to convince shoppers in Ireland that “the cost of shopping in the North is much dearer for people living in the Republic when the costs of travel and subsistence are taken into account.”

    any idea what this gruop is called Pete?

  • Pete Baker

    Umh

    RGDATA

    As the first line of the linked Irish Times report states.

  • Rory

    Do not despair. I have already used the good offices of Michael Shilliday’s contribution in order to determine from David Cameron what affect the Tory/UUP marriage might have on the price of fish.

    Once we have Cameron’s answer all that will be required is a cute hoor’s guess on the praties futures and we’ll have the famine market sewn up.

    The RoI must really look upon this recession as an opportunity whereby all those poor native souls who were obliged to leave their traditional crafts in Ireland and take up demeaning jobs in British journalism and broadcasting can now return to the honoured Gaelic tradition of Gombeenism which is their birthright and their calling.

  • dunreavynomore

    Rory

    how would a man go about tying up the market in ‘cute hoors’? That’s where the money’d be.
    I am looking for a partner to join me in a ‘timber cartel’ as with the growth in law and order/safety/community watch/restorative justice/dpp groups which will multiply as the recession/depression deepens there is sure to be a demand for scaffolds soon! (apologies to Flann) The existing fertiliser cartel has made a fortune from the rights to all the bullshit emanating from gombeenism in general so I am late there.