Thursday, 31 January 2019

Ceisteanna (180)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

180. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the timelines for the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4840/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The 2013 Government Decision which approved the drafting of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill envisaged that Minimum Unit Pricing would be implemented simultaneously in Northern Ireland.

This situation has changed owing to the suspended administration in Northern Ireland and on that basis it is my intention to seek a revised Government Decision to implement Minimum Unit Pricing in this jurisdiction only in order to address the health harms and costs associated with the availability of cheap strong alcohol.