Traders in Dublin accused of overcharging for food
A meeting of the Special Committee on the prices of food and other commodities in Dublin has heard that certain traders in the city - even in the poorest areas - were charging higher prices for food than those fixed by the committee.
Traders who continue to charge above the maximum price will have their names and addresses published in the Dublin press.
The food committee meets once a week and sets the prices for food in Dublin for the week. The prices for several foods in Dublin are now higher than those fixed for England.
In general prices for food in Dublin have returned to close to pre-war levels after the initial surge in prices and there is an ample supply at present.
The great exception to this is sugar. The supply of sugar from the continent has dried up and the scarcity of sugar has led to the price increasing spectacularly.
In general, it is estimated that enhanced prices mean an increase of about 5s. a week in the cost of feeding the average workingman’s family. There is also concern over the price being charged for coal. Coal in Dublin is now selling at 6% higher than when the war started.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin has said that the coal trade in now charging exorbitant rates: ‘The Corporation has appealed publicly twice to the coal trade representatives to meet the committee, but no attention has been paid to the public request.’