Glad to see Lidle opening up next door soon, might make them rethink about their tightfisted ways!
It would appear that they are implementing the law correctly so how is this tightfisted? It was always structured so that retailers would not absorb the cost as this would not have the intended result of reducing plastic bag usage.
I like the way your solution is to abandon the local guy and head to the Germans. Enda is doing well if he has convinced you that there is no problem that the Germans will not solve for us.