FG: We need watchdog for British stores

Fine Gael says Irish people need a proper consumer agency with real powers to put manners on rip-off merchants.

The party's finance spokesman has been reacting to the news this week that British retail stores operating here are overcharging customers by as much as 30%.

That is despite the weakness of sterling which should make most retail items far cheaper.

Richard Bruton says proper penalties as well as a name-and-shame campaign should be introduced by the Government to punish such money grabbing traders.

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