Use sugar tax to tackle child obesity, urges Sligo councillor

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.