While Health Minister Leo Varadkar roars at ye about what’s good for your health…remember Fine Gael is working for the Vintners.
As the Blueshirts and the publicans work hand-in-glove the minimum pricing policy (Public health (Alcohol) Bill 2015) is being passed off as some kind of health initiative.
Here’s the FG 2011 Manifesto:
Supporting Irish Pubs: Fine Gael recognises the importance of the Irish pub for tourism, rural jobs and as a social outlet in communities across the country. We will support the local pub by banning the practice of below cost selling on alcohol, particularly by large supermarkets and the impact this has had on alcohol consumption and the viability of pubs.
Meanwhile over at VFI HQ in 2011…
“ The availability of cheap drink in supermarkets is a major contributor to pubs closing and the introduction of a minimum price that alcohol could be sold at would go a long way to keeping family run pubs trading and saving thousands of jobs throughout Ireland.”
But it’s not like FG get funding from the VFI or anything.
The party runs an annual dinner in Dublin every November. Last year, tickets for the event attended by 1,200 guests were €120 a head, meaning the party brought in up to €144,000 in ticket sales.
The bulk of the tables are taken by Fine Gael ministers, TDs, senators and councillors. But corporate tables were also taken by the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, the Irish Farmers’ Association, accountants Grant Thornton and the Russell Court Hotel.