Shambolic alcohol bill needs pouring down the sink
The changes will take excise revenue out of State coffers and instead hand it to retailers in the drinks trade
The success of government backbenchers last Thursday in delaying the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill until next year deserves support and comes as no surprise.
While denouncing the drinks trade, the promoters of the bill are enriching it by more than €78m a year. This has been known in Leinster House since December 16, 2015. The Oireachtas Library and Research Service digest on the bill estimated on page 32 that retailers "are expected to benefit €69m off trade" and €9.3m on trade per year.
Overall revenue to the Exchequer is estimated to reduce by €34.43m a year.