Sunday 15 September 2019

Scots' success paves way for alcohol price controls

  

Controls are ‘working well’. Stock picture
Controls are ‘working well’. Stock picture
John Downing

John Downing

Ireland will move quickly to implement a minimum price below which alcoholic drink cannot be sold, the Taoiseach has said.

Mr Varadkar said recent data in Scotland - which brought in such a measure over a year ago - showed it was working well.

This has encouraged the Irish Government to implement the measure already contained in an alcohol control law passed by the Dáil and Seanad.

By contrast, the Taoiseach, at an EU leaders' summit, said the Government will "take a few months" to see how a new UK law curbing online pornography works out in practice. He said there appeared to be early difficulties with its implementation in Britain.

"Ireland leads on lots of things. But one of the advantages of not taking the lead on everything is that you learn from other people's mistakes," Mr Varadkar said.

But he said the Government will move quickly to put into practice measures contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill enacted last October.

Last year, Scotland became the first EU country to enforce a minimum unit price for drink and data published this week showed consumption had dropped to its lowest level since records began in the early 1990s.

Irish Independent

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