A bi-annual survey from the Central Statistics Office shows that prices in Dublin were 3.5% higher than the rest of the country for a basket of goods and services.

Of the 73 items included in the survey, such as bread, fish, drink and the cost of a trip to the hairdressers, average prices were higher in Dublin for 40 of the items and lower for 33.

When the survey was carried out last November, prices in Dublin were 3.1% higher, while they were 3.2% higher this time last year.

The biggest difference in prices was the cost of a trip to the cinema, with average prices in Dublin 19% more expensive than the rest of the country. A ladies hair wash, cut and blow-dry was also 17.5% more costly in the city than nationwide.

In Dublin, a half pint of lager was 13.9% more expensive than the country while a pint cost 11.9% more in Dublin.

Some basic foodstuffs were also more expensive in Dublin, with prices charged for tomatoes 6.8% higher than the rest of the country, while a 2.5kg bag of potatoes was 5.3% dearer.

However, bread, both brown and white, was 7.7% cheaper in Dublin than shops nationwide, while spaghetti was 17.5% cheaper. 

Milk, steak, butter, carrots, bananas, cheese and tea bags also cost less in the city than the rest of the country.

Average unleaded petrol prices were 0.9% lower in Dublin, while average diesel prices were 0.5% lower in the city.