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....