Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (281)

Seán Haughey

Question:

281. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health his plans to commence the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018 relating to minimum alcohol pricing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30271/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The 2013 Government Decision which approved a minimum pricing regime envisaged its introduction in Northern Ireland and in this jurisdiction simultaneously. It is my intention to seek a revised Government Decision to implement minimum unit pricing of alcohol here as soon as possible in order to address the very significant health harms and financial costs of the way alcohol is currently consumed here.