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Monday 18 December 2017

Reilly's crusade hit by setbacks

A series of initiatives by Health Minister James Reilly (left) to tackle obesity have met opposition for a variety of reasons in recent months:

• A bid to introduce an extra half hour of physical education was ruled out because school hours here are already longer than EU and OECD averages.

• A lower VAT rate for mineral water to incentivise people to buy it instead of fizzy drinks is not possible because the measure could be vulnerable to a legal challenge as similar products need the same tax levels.

• Restaurants and hotels hit out at plans for menus to carry calorie counts, saying it would be extremely expensive.

Irish Independent

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