Fianna Fail to discuss 5pc increase on alcohol sold after midnight

The proposal will see a 5 per cent increase in alcohol prices after midnight
The proposal will see a 5 per cent increase in alcohol prices after midnight

A proposal to be put forward at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis this weekend will recommend a 5 per cent levy on alcoholic drinks sold after midnight.

The proposal is to be submitted along with various others at the party's annual conference in the RDS this weekend. 

“We have serious problems with alcohol in Ireland and we’re looking at ways to deal with it,” Mayo TD Dara Calleary said. He added that tackling alcohol abuse was part of their broader health policy.

The move comes amid recrudescent dialogue surrounding the amount of alcohol we as a country ingest. 

It was announced today at The Alcohol Forum that €1 million has been made available to tackle alcohol abuse in Ireland. 

Speaking today, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar said we need to examine ways of tackling the binge-drinking culture that is prevalent in our society. 

"Ireland has a serious problem – we drink too much alcohol", Varadkar said. 

"When we drink, we tend to binge drink. More than half of adult drinkers in the population are classified as harmful drinkers."

Speaking at the conference, CEO of Alcohol Forum Kieran Doherty, said that over consumption of alcohol "affects the economy, local communities and families across the country and can be directly attributed to around 88 deaths a month."

The latest Bill (Public Health) proposed will aim to tackle excessive consumption by introducing minimum unit pricing on alcohol, health warnings and information, more regulation on marketing and advertising, all of which will signify a determined attitude to reduce alcohol abuse in Ireland.