Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Ceisteanna (873, 1084, 1117)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

873. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of minimum unit pricing for alcohol; and the updated timeline for same. [16368/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Marian Harkin

Ceist:

1084. Deputy Marian Harkin asked the Minister for Health the timeline for the introduction of minimum pricing of alcohol products as part of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17214/21]

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Richard Bruton

Ceist:

1117. Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health if there is an implementation plan for the legislation providing for a minimum price of alcohol; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17291/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 873, 1084 and 1117 together.

The commencement of Minimum Unit Pricing is currently subject to a Government Decision which envisaged that it would be introduced in Northern Ireland and in the Republic simultaneously.

My Northern Ireland counterpart, Minister Robin Swann, recently stated that the measure will not be introduced in Northern Ireland before May 2022 and on that basis I am considering alternative approaches.