Calls for minimum alcohol pricing to be shelved until same is introduced in Northern Ireland

There have been calls for the Government to shelve plans for minimum alcohol pricing, until the same measures can be introduced north of the border. Louth TD Declan Breathnach raised concerns about the impact the measures could have on border retailers. He says higher prices south of the border could encourage people to shop in Northern Ireland instead.

He’s called for the Government to delay the plans until the new legislation can be introduced simultaneously across the island. But Minister Finian McGrath said the lack of an Executive in Northern Ireland means the law can’t be passed.

He raised his concerns about the impact on border retailers in the Dáil recently: