Minister Frank Feighan

  • The Government has clarified that meetings of drug and alcohol support groups can continue to operate with up to 50 people.

    There was some concern that meetings - such as those held by Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous were breaching recently introduced regulations which limit indoor events to 6 people.

    However, the Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy - Sligo /Leitrim TD Frank Feighan - has welcomed clarification from Government that these groups are not subject to the 6-people limit and can continue to operate  - subject to adhering to public health guidelines on physical distancing.

    Minister Feighan says groups such as AA, NA and Smart Recovery provide a lifeline for people struggling with addiction..........

  • It's never the wrong time to do the right thing".

    That's according to Sligo-Leitrim TD, and Minister of State Frank Feighan, following Cabinet approval yesterday of minimum pricing for alcohol, which will be brought in from next January.

    Minister Feighan says it's time to address the high numbers of alcohol-related deaths in this country, and says we can reduce the burden of the disease by lowers the price of cheap, strong alcohol.

    It will mean the cheapest bottle of wine - currently priced at less than €5 - will cost €7.40, while a bottle of supermarket gin or vodka - now costing 13 or 14 euro - would increase to over €20.

    There has been some resistance to the measure from the drinks industry and retailers, who are predicting a surge in cross-Border shopping, but Minister Feighan says he was not prepared to wait for Northern Ireland to bring in similar measures.

    He's been speaking with Paula Donnellan about the new minimum pricing....