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Irish pay price for holiday essentials

From sunglasses to Speedos, it pays for Irish holidaymakers to forget their toothbrush when travelling abroad this summer.

A new survey says Ireland is the fourth most expensive country to stock a suitcase with holiday essentials.

Turkey, which has a reputation as a low-cost destination, was found the most expensive, where it cost over €925 to purchase a basket of 16 products.

But this may have been skewed by the inclusion of a standard adult passport, which costs an eye-watering €391.48 in Turkey compared to €80 in Ireland.

Australia came second in the Visa Europe Suitcase Index, where the basket cost €759, followed by France at €725.

The cheapest country to fill a suitcase in was India, at €547, while Portugal came in as the second cheapest at €626.

The survey reveals that it is possible to bag a bargain while abroad. A toothbrush costs just 62c in the Czech Republic, compared to €3.99 in Ireland, while a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses that cost €143 at home will only set you back €25.95 in Turkey.

For those happy to flaunt their stuff on the beach, Italy was the most expensive place to buy a pair of Speedos at €36.63, while the same costs just €7.19 in Bulgaria and €16.12 in Ireland.

But Ireland emerged as the favourite, as it offered the best value when it came to buying books. It was the cheapest place to buy a paperback copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at €8.29, compared to €23.68 in Bulgaria.

Ireland was also the best place to buy a Lonely Planet travel guide at €15.50, compared to €55.14 in the Caribbean.

Belfast Telegraph