COUNCILLOR TREANOR RAISES FEARS OVER DRINK EXODUS TO NORTH

24 September 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Off-licences in Monaghan and across the Border region could be in for a major falloff in trade if the Government proceeds with plans to implement a minimum alcohol pricing policy. This was the fear voiced by Independent local public representative Seamus Treanor on Monday when he moved a motion at the monthly meeting of the Monaghan Municipal District seeking representations to be made to the Department of Finance on the matter.

Councillor Treanor asked the Municipal District to write to the Department about proposed legislation to bring in minimum pricing for alcohol from January 2022, claiming this would increase prices in off-licences on this side of the Border by 40%. The move “will have a detrimental effect on business here in Co Monaghan as off-licences on the northern side will be up to 50% cheaper”, the motion stated.

Councillor Treanor told the meeting that he was not against the minimum pricing policy, but there had been a loose agreement between the Irish Government and the administration in Stormont that they would both introduce minimum pricing in January next year. However, the Stormont parliament had decided not to go ahead with the move, but for some reason the Government had decided to proceed regardless, which would have serious…

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