It is funny how Irish people often dislike and are extremely conservatively opposed to change even when it is in their own good. It might be the propaganda of vested interests as people ended up going to these stores in the end despite the attempt by the media to project some sense of shame onto them. (my personal opinion)Now 2014 and Lidl and Aldi are not now the "gawdawful" places they were made out to be by people who were too snobbish to shop there. Today we have the BMW brigade etc., parked outside. Both Aldi and Lidl have the best fruit and veg on the market. Always fresh due to the high turnover and very reasonably priced. Last week I got 2kg of Italian coffee beans for €7.50 - great value and good coffee.
I also love the specials they have on offer every week - fishing gear, running gear, gardening items, DIY etc. etc., great value and some real bargains. Also notice in last Saturday's Irish Times magazine they recommend Aldi's Picpoul white wine. did you ever think you'd see the day. To all those who still turn their noses up I say - Drop the snob inside you and try. You won't regret it.