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Sugary drinks tax on the way!

Article posted by DWC | 05:07:2016

In 2014, 52% of the Irish public supported a tax on soft drinks in a poll, on behalf of the Irish Heart Foundation.

Barry Dempsey CEO of the Irish Heart Foundation said "These figures clearly demonstrate that Irish people want the government to take stronger action to tackle childhood obesity"

Last year the Irish Heart Foundation called for a 20% tax on sugary drinks in the Budget and that it would raise €60 million in extra tax revenue.

But Food and Drink Industry Ireland(FDII) lobbied against the tax "While most foods are exempt from VAT, the standard rate applies to confectionary items such as sweets, chocolate, crisps, ice cream and soft drinks..."

"..An additional tax on soft drinks would leave Irish consumers out of pocket, paying one of the highest tax rates in Europe."

The UK has already agreed a tax on sugary drinks, with the extra revenue going towards funding school sports programmes."

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