Prices rose 0.3% in November compared with the same month of 2012, according to figures from the Central Statistics Office.

The price of alcohol and tobacco was 6.2% higher over the year, according to the latest consumer price index, while education costs were 4.5% higher.

Restaurant and hotel prices were 3.1% higher, largely due to the increase in the cost of alcohol.

The biggest price decreases in the year were recorded in clothing and footwear products, which fell 4.6%, while furnishings and household equipment prices fell 4.2%.

Communication costs were down 3.1%, while transport costs fell 1.7% due to a fall in fuel costs.