A local off-licence owner has called on the the government to implement a ban on below-cost selling of alcohol as ten businesses in Louth have closed in the last seven months.
Niall Callan, owner of Callan’s Off-Licence on Park Street, Dundalk, also wishes to see the government reverse the 2013 excise duty increase in the upcoming budget.
“Raising excise duty on alcohol is too often looked upon as a quick fix way of raising revenue for the Exchequer, said Niall, “however these increases have an enormously negative impact on independent off-licences such as my own in Louth.
“The increase introduced almost seven months ago has caused ten businesses to close already, the damage being done to the local economy and indigenous Irish trade must be stopped.
“In addition to this, such high excise duty has helped to fuel the black economy. Irish taxes on beer are the fourth highest in the EU, cider the second highest, spirits the third highest and wine the highest in the EU.
“At present, retailers like me face immense economic pressures and we struggle to keep our doors open”.
Last year’s Budget introduced substantive increases in the alcohol excise duty of beer and cider (+22%), spirits (+18%) and wine (+41%).