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Price of alcohol may go up; Health Minister will seek cabinet approval today for minimum pricing

DUBLIN: The cabinet will consider a proposal by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly today to set a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland. If the proposal is approved, the price of alcoholic drinks in Ireland will increase.

The price of a bottle of vodka is expected to increase to seven euros. According to the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, the price of alcohol will be determined by the quantity of alcohol. Under the new scheme, a 440ml can of lager will have a minimum price of €1.32, a 750ml bottle of chardonnay will cost €7.75, and a 700ml bottle of gin or vodka will cost €20.71.

Some supermarkets have their own brand of vodka, which costs 1about €12.99. If the minimum pricing policy is implemented, they will see a price increase of more than €7.

In February, Health Minister Robin Swann made it clear that no such laws would be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Border county TDs from both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have spoken out against the legislation. They also suggested that in order for the initiative to be effective, it should be carried out on an all-island basis.

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