Rising energy costs that have caused inflation is the main reason why food has become so expensive in Ireland.
That's the view of Cavan Monaghan Fianna Fail TD, Deputy Brendan Smith who was responding to reports that food produced in Ireland is more expensive for domestic customers to buy when compared to global consumers.
Speaking to Northern Sound this afternoon, Deputy Smith said that while it made "no sense" for a situation like this to arise, different global tax regimes and complicated markets were contributory factors.
He added that while it is clear to everyone that the cost of food is rising, increasing energy costs have led to inflation and that is what is at the crux of the matter.
Deputy Smith said people are becoming more and more concerned over what is going on.