Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ceisteanna (147)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

147. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol; and the timescale to which he is working. [16937/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Government Decision in 2013 approved the implementation of a minimum unit pricing regime for alcohol products under the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to be subject to a similar provision being introduced simultaneously in Northern Ireland. Government approval will be sought to introduce the measure in this jurisdiction only. Section 11 (1) of the Act sets out the minimum price per gram of alcohol at €0.10. The Minister for Health intends to implement MUP as soon as possible in order to address the health harms and financial costs associated with harmful alcohol consumption.