Varadkar sought extra tax on off-licence sales

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, proposed a new tax on the sale of alcohol from off-licences.

17th February, 2013
Leo Varadkar.

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, proposed a new tax on the sale of alcohol from off-licences, the proceeds of which would have been ringfenced for sports and recreation, before the preparation of the Finance Bill.

Varadkar's plan would have seen a levy on 'lid-on' sales, with the funds diverted to specific measures designed to counter the negative effects of alcohol misuse. While the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, resisted the move...

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