Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher has given a cautious welcome to the Government’s decision to introduce minimum prices for alcohol. The Cabinet has signed off on a long delayed Bill designed to tackle alcohol abuse.
Deputy Kelleher commented, “Alcohol abuse affects every community in this country and I welcome the fact that the Government is finally taking steps to address the issue. It has taken almost four years in office for the Government to undertake concrete measures to tackle the problem.
“Fianna Fáil has been a strong advocate for minimum pricing structures. There is no doubt that aggressive low cost offers employed by some retailers has fuelled excessive alcohol consumption, but hopefully the measures agreed by Cabinet today will go some way to curbing that problem.
“The Government must now ensure that these measures are implemented in a timely manner, and are not allowed to gather dust. It is imperative that these pricing structures are applied without delay”.