Dubliners’ holiday packages have soared again as Dubliners go shopping for relief
Dubliners are in the midst of their busiest shopping period of the year with prices for holiday packages soaring again in the run up to Easter.
In an attempt to offset the rise in the price of holiday packages, retailers across the country have been offering discounts on many items, including on the holiday package, which comes with a free drink and breakfast.
Online sales at major retailers have also been booming, and online orders are currently running at nearly double the level they were just over a year ago.
This is the first time in a year that the price is running at double the normal level, with most of the prices being lower than they were at the start of the season.
The biggest discounts on the market are being offered by major retailers including Tesco, A&M, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Boots.
Some shoppers will still have to pay for the holidays themselves, as most retailers have had to impose surcharges to avoid having to put up prices to undercut the sales.
A Tesco spokesperson said the company was “still trying to recover from the shock of Brexit” and that the company would “continue to offer our customers a range of deals” on a “daily basis”.
“However, the recent surge in prices for some of our holiday packages means that customers are finding it difficult to make a booking.
We are continuing to work closely with our retailers to support them through this difficult time,” she said.
Online orders have also increased on average by around 5 per cent, with the average price on online orders in the first half of 2018 at £6,095.
In total, about 14 million people are expected to book holidays in 2018.
However, it’s not all sunshine and roses, as many people are experiencing a bit of the heat, with temperatures in Dublin on Sunday forecast to be up to 37 degrees Celsius.
It has been a hot summer for Dublin and some parts of the country, with more than 50 people being hospitalised for heat-related conditions in the past two weeks.
Dublin City Council issued a warning for people to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities, as temperatures reached a record high of 30 degrees Celsius in the city centre on Saturday.
The city’s Mayor Eamon Gilmore said that the city was still experiencing a “massive” amount of heat-affected activity on Saturday evening.
“The heatwave has been incredibly hot and there are no guarantees that it won’t get worse over the coming days and weeks,” he said.
The heat has also been damaging to people’s health, with a recent study showing that the number of people with heart problems and diabetes is now at record levels.
Dubliners were also urged to avoid strenuous exercise, especially outside, as the heatwave continues to intensify.
A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that people should consider taking some steps to prevent heat-associated illness and stress, such as getting out of the house when the temperature is at its hottest, and avoiding any outdoor activities.
The Irish Times understands that there is a number of measures that retailers are using to make sure that they remain competitive in the hot weather, including offering free food, free drinks and free transport for shoppers.
Online shopping in Ireland is also starting to recover, with online orders at major retail giants having increased by 8 per cent in the latest 12 months, with prices dropping slightly.
However there is still a strong price gap, with many retailers offering discounts of between 15 and 30 per cent on some items.