Consumer prices rose by 1.1% in February compared to the same month of 2019, according to the Central Statistics Office.

That is a slight slowdown in the price growth seen in January, when the rate stood at 1.3%.

Education prices saw the most significant increases - up 4.1% year-on-year.

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco prices were up 3.1%, while housing and utility prices were 2.9% higher.

Transport prices were up 3%, largely due to an increase in the cost of petrol and diesel. The price of cars and a rise in air fares also contributed to the upward pressure.

There was some relief for vehicle owners, however, as motor insurance prices fell 6.3% year-on-year.

At the same time communications prices were down 9.5%, as telephone equipment and services costs fell.

Household maintenance prices fell 2.5%, while prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and clothing and footwear both fell 1%.