Consumer prices went up by 1.2 percent in the year to January

The latest inflation figures - published by the Central Statistics Office - show the biggest changes were in education, alcohol and tobacco, and goods and services.

The most significant monthly price changes were decreases in the cost of clothes and shoes, furniture and household equipment.

When tobacco is excluded - there was actually a decrease in consumer prices of 0.5 percent in January - but an increase of 1.2 percent in the year.