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#National Competitiveness Council

# national-competitiveness-council - Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Rising cost of living, housing shortages and Brexit all pose 'threat' to Ireland's economy

The National Competitiveness Council today published Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2018.

# national-competitiveness-council - Friday 24 April, 2015

Ireland is losing its competitive edge

The country is still an expensive place to do business.

# national-competitiveness-council - Saturday 5 April, 2014

Column: Don't believe the hype – the Irish economy remains a high cost one

As business costs begin to rise again, we need to remember that nobody owes us a living, writes Aaron McKenna.

# national-competitiveness-council - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Irish economy has stabilised, but more reform needed

National Competitiveness Council calls for broadening of the tax base and reforms in sheltered professions such as Law and Healthcare.

# national-competitiveness-council - Thursday 22 July, 2010

AFTER A DECADE of inflation and high costs, prices in Ireland are moderating, that’s the good news from a new report by the National Competitiveness Council. The report says “since January2008, Ireland has regained some of its lost cost competitiveness as domestic inflation remains below
that of our main trading partners and as the euro has weakened.”

This report highlights tangible improvements in the cost of doing business in Ireland and outlines significant falls in property and energy costs. However, the report does say some costs continue to increase or remain relatively high. Property, broadband and legal fees are cited as being costly by the (NCC).

Although energy costs for business decreased by 24% in 2009, Ireland is still the sixth most expensive country of 14 the report benchmarked.

The report also said that mobile phone costs for business were down significantly and that Dublin has become more competitive.

For consumers the report found that Ireland is still expensive when it comes to buy groceries it is the second most expensive in the EU.

However, the average Irish employee must work a shorter amount of time than those in most other benchmarked locations to earn enough to buy branded consumer goods such as an iPod Nano or a Big Mac.