Limerick resident Willie Gleeson is taking a stand against price increases in supermarkets.
They never come down, up, up, up the whole time.
He knows this is a countrywide problem, he is choosing to focus his attention on Limerick. In one supermarket Willie was paying 52 pence for 20 fish fingers, but the day after Minister for Finance Richie Ryan’s budget, the price went up by 10 and a half pence. Willie reported the matter to the local papers.
Willie saw washing powder advertised in a local newspaper for 17 pence, but when he went into the supermarket to buy the product, he was charged 29 pence. He reported this to the Prices Commission, but the matter was not pursued.
Nevertheless, Willie is going to keep up his crusade against price hikes, although he is convinced the only price increases councillors and politicians care about are those of their own salaries.
To hell with the working man and those that put us in, we’ve no time for them. They’re only a lot of frauds.
The only time politicians are in Limerick is on the eve of the election.
We may as well have the Marx Brothers in Leinster House where Limerick is concerned.
Frank Hall’s amusing and satirical series began on 29 September 1971 with the full title ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly Incorporating the Provincial Vindicator’ which became known as ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’.
The series allowed Frank Hall to follow his own interest in the lives of viewers throughout the country.
Regarded as RTÉ’s flagship comedy show, it featured satirical sketches on current news stories and popular culture, as well as parody songs, comedy sketches, re-edited videos, cartoons and spoof television formats.
The show ran for nine series until 1980.
This episode of ‘Hall’s Pictorial Weekly’ was broadcast on 11 October 1973. The reporter is Frank Hall.