The minimum unit price for alcohol products – an measure which is being spearheaded by the Minister of state of the department of health, Frank Feighan will go before cabinet today.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly will seek Government approval to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol products as soon as possible.
The proposal is expected to state that the change on pricing would reduce the harm caused to people’s health by preventing the sale of alcohol at very low prices.
If the bill is passed a can of lager will have a minimum price of €1.32 and a bottle of Chardonnay would cost at least €7.75.
Sligo Leitrim TD Frank Feighan says the damages caused by the misuse of alcohol have been well documented at this stage: