Consumers are being promised big reductions in their grocery bills after the government finally agreed to scrap the controversial Groceries Order.

The order - which bans selling goods at below their invoice price - was introduced to prevent small shops being driven out of business by large supermarket chains.

Niall Dalton, small grocer from Carnmore County Galway, feels that the abolition of the Groceries Order seriously threatens independent retailers commenting that 

Our business is in serious danger of closing down

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Micheál Martin scrapped the order arguing that it was keeping prices too high describing it as "anti-competitive". 

The scrapping of the order was welcomed by the National Consumer Agency with Chairperson Ann FitzGerald arguing that the poor will benefit most from the remova of the order. Tara Buckley, General Secretary with RGDATA also gives her reaction. 

An RTÉ News report by David Murphy broadcast on 8 November 2005.