Sligo publican welcomes progress of Alcohol Minimum Pricing Bill

A Sligo pub owner and former senator is welcoming moves to introduce a Bill that would impose minimum prices for alcohol.

Imelda Henry, a member of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, says the two main problems with alcohol in Ireland are its availability and its price.

Health Minister Simon Harris has called on all political parties and Independents to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which he hopes will be introduced in the Dail in the coming session.

He pointed out how figures from the Rutland Centre, which treats addiction, show alcohol was the number one drug of choice in more than 90% of people it dealt with last year.

Imelda Henry says there are some issues with the Bill but overall, she says it’s welcome.