Take motor insurance, average policy in Ireland 1,065 euro. In Portugal 262 euro, In UK its 526 euro My new Latvian car full comp 420 euro.
Lot of clever people in Ireland who can explain just about everything, 'hang on', until you ask, why is Ireland just about the most expensive place for EVERYTHING. Actually third in the E.U most expensive..
Pick just about any goods/service. Anything. Then look up how costly it is in Ireland and I guarantee you, the Island is either the most expensive in the E.U. or very near the top.
Whether, dentistry/mobile phones/car insurance or childcare, homes you live in, the cars you drive, the clothes you wear, if it costs money it almost certainly costs more in Ireland than in virtually any other country in the E.U. Goods and services in Ireland cost 25% / 30% more than the E.U. average. You pay more than (almost) everyone for everything.
SO THINK ABOUT LATVIA. And Yes, l am Irish.