Written answers

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Department of Health

Addiction Treatment Services

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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199. To ask the Minister for Health if future tax increases on alcohol or cigarettes will be ring-fenced for addiction treatment services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23415/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Although the rates of excise duty on alcohol and tobacco products are ultimately a matter for my colleague the Minister for Finance I note that public health considerations are taken into account in determining those rates.

There are currently no plans to ring-fence tax increases on alcohol and tobacco products for addiction services. Budget 2021 saw significant funding committed to tobacco cessation and alcohol reduction programmes through the Healthy Ireland initiative. In 2021, €1.08m is being provided to expand alcohol services including the establishment of two community-based teams to provide counselling and supports to adults with problem alcohol use and their families.


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