It’s that time of the year when all kinds of sweets and sweet food are eaten, often with good intentions of cutting down in the New Year.
But a Sligo councillor is calling for the revenue from the sugar tax to go toward battling child obesity.
Fianna Fail Councillor Seamus Kilgannon says the tax will bring in €40m in a full year.
He told a meeting of councillors from the Sligo Municipal District that almost one in ten children in Ireland are now obese — ten times the situation in 1975.
In a motion before the meeting, he proposed that the Sugar Sweetened Drink Tax should be invested in children’s health and health-promotion activities.