It costs a lot more to live in Limerick




THE COST of living in Limerick is significantly higher than Dublin, Cork or Galway, according to the latest cost of living index.

And shoppers in the Treaty City pay almost one-third more for their groceries than people living in Dublin or Cork and a massive 43 per cent more than it costs to fill a shopping trolley in Galway.

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The latest figures show that on a scale of one to 100, Limerick is the most expensive of the four major Irish cities, scoring 92.88 as against Dublin’s 83.78, Cork which clocks in at 76.81 and Galway at 73.89.

The index is made up of a combination of expenses including the cost of groceries, the price of rent, eating out and transport.

But while consumer prices in Limerick came in at more than 20 per cent higher than Cork, almost 26 per cent higher than Galway and 11 per cent higher than Dublin, Limerick rent costs are less than half the price of rents in Dublin.

Renting a property in Limerick will cost a third less than renting in Cork and more than 28 per cent less than renting in Galway.

The price index lists everyday items, such as lettuce, which costs €1.01 in Dublin and €1.15 in Limerick. Everyday items such a litre of milk and a loaf of white bread also turned out to be more expensive in Limerick than the capital.

However buying a new car will be easier on the pocket in Limerick than in Dublin with a Volkswagen Golf coming in at €500 cheaper.

Those who like a tipple fare better here than in Dublin with a pint costing on average 10 per cent less than in Cork.

Grabbing a quick bite is more expensive at McDonalds in Limerick than in Dublin, with a McMeal costing 75 cents more here.

But on the restaurant price index scale of 1 to 100, eating out in Limerick is cheaper, coming in at 81.32 compared to 88.01 in Dublin and 81.81 in Cork.