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Ireland - Currency and Cost of Living
The cost of living in Ireland is high, especially in Dublin, which was ranked the 13th most expensive city in which to live in a recent global cost of living survey (Mercer, 2005). It has been reported that monthly living costs in Dublin are around EUR 1000 for a single person and around EUR 3000 for a family of four. It costs EUR 1500 upwards to rent a good quality two-bedroom apartment in the city. A meal for one in a Dublin restaurant is likely to cost anything between EUR 25 and EUR 75, but it is possible to eat more cheaply in bars and cafes. The cost of living is a little lower in other parts of the country.
Typical grocery prices include:
Loaf of bread EUR 1.30
2 kg potatoes EUR 2.50
Whole frozen chicken EUR 6.50
12 eggs EUR 1.60
Pint of milk EUR 0.50
Instant coffee EUR 3.00
Apples (each) EUR 0.30
Some restaurants add a service charge of 10-15% to the bill. If this is not included, it is common practice to leave a tip for the waiting staff of around 10%. Small tips are also usually given to taxi drivers and hotel porters.
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