The Mayo Joint Policing Committee is to write to the Minister for Health Simon Harris, urging him to implement the legislation on minimum price per unit of alcohol.

It comes at a time when supermarkets and off-licences are advertising bottles of beer that are cheaper than a pint of milk or a bottle of water, according to Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise.

The Public Health Act 2018 provides for minimum pricing per unit of alcohol, but this section of the legislation has not yet been implemented.

The issue was highlighted on Midwest News last week by Ballina man John Higgins whose son David died by suicide after a house party in March 2011.

The inquest into David's death recorded a verdict of death by suicide, with alcohol a contributing factor.

The issue was discussed at the recent meeting of the Mayo Joint Policing Committee, and Councillor Neil Cruise - who's a publican in Foxford - hit out at the availability of cheap alcohol, and said minimum pricing needs to be introduced as soon as possible


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