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Saturday 19 April 2014

Off-licence owners call on excise reverse

KERRY off-licence owners are calling on the government to reverse the 2013 excise duty increases and implement a ban on below-cost selling of alcohol. Members of the National Off-Licence Association in Kerry launched their pre-Budget submission last week.

KERRY off-licence owners are calling on the government to reverse the 2013 excise duty increases and implement a ban on below-cost selling of alcohol. Members of the National Off-Licence Association in Kerry launched their pre-Budget submission last week.

The pre-Budget Submission recommended that there are no further increases in excise duty and a reversal of the 2013 increases and that measures are introduced to stop retailers selling alcohol below cost at "cut throat" prices.

Fiona Barrett Palfrey, co-owner of Castle Off-Licence in Tralee, said that raising excise duty on alcohol is too often looked upon as "a quick fix" way of raising revenue for the Exchequer.

"These increases have an enormously negative impact on independent off-licences such as my own in Tralee.

"The increase introduced almost seven months ago has caused ten businesses to close already. The damage being done to the local economy and indigenous Irish trade must be stopped," she said.

"Below cost selling also allows large multiple retailers to use alcohol as loss leader.

"At present, retailers like me face immense economic pressures and we struggle to keep our doors open on a daily basis.

"It is an unfair trading environment. We call on government to support independent off-licences as they provide much needed employment and local government rates in Kerry. Action and support is needed now for our local area," said Fiona Barrett Palfrey.

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