COST OF DYING 'A RIP-OFF' Funerals E1,000 Cheaper If You're Buried in the Country

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COST OF DYING 'A RIP-OFF' Funerals E1,000 Cheaper If You're Buried in the Country


Byline: By NICOLA TALLANT

IT HAS been listed as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live - now the cost of dying in Dublin has been exposed as the latest RIP-off.

An inquiry into the price of funerals in Dublin has found that it costs almost e1,000 more to be buried in the capital than the rest of the country.

Fine Gael TD Gay Mitchell has conducted extensive research of funeral prices across Dublin and compared it with the rest of the country - and found the evidence shocking.

He hopes to release definitive figures next month but says early indications show lack of competition in the market is resulting in rip-offs "left, right and centre".

The average cost of a funeral in the capital is e3,712 compared to e2,810 elsewhere.

Mr Mitchell, who is also an MEP said: "The research exposed some startling facts regarding the costs of funerals in Dublin and outside the capital.

"The cost of a standard funeral, based on our preliminary research, varies hugely depending on where you live.

"I have had a team phoning undertakers and visiting them to get prices on funerals.

"In Dublin, for e3,712, you get the basic service of a hearse, a coffin and one mourning car. If you want anything like caskets you are looking at e5,000. …

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