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Health Minister rejects concerns over minimum alcohol pricing

May 5, 2021 13:05 By News Northern Sound
Health Minister rejects concerns over minimum alcohol pricing Health Minister rejects concerns over minimum alcohol pricing
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The measure will come into effect in January.

A Co Cavan retailer says the border region will "suffer" by the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol.

John Foy, of Foy's SuperValu in Cootehill, supports minimum unit pricing.

However, he added that retailers thought there "would be a level playing field" between the Republic and the North in terms of when the policy is introduced.

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The measure will take effect here in January, but isn't expected to be introduced in the North until 2023.

It means a can of beer will have to cost at least €1.70, and a bottle of wine can't be any cheaper than €7.40.

The Health Minister has said he feels that any saving people make on alcohol in Northern Ireland will be cancelled out by the cost of travelling there.

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And Minister Stephen Donnelly today said many retailers have benefitted from pubs being closed:

The Junior Health Minister Frank Feighan has also said the measure "won't affect cross-border trade whatsoever".

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However, John Foy told this morning's Joe Finnegan Show that retailers know this will drive custom across the border:

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