Support Your Local

'Support Your Local' is a campaign that is looking to reverse the penal excise increases of the last two budgets. The drinks industry in Ireland supports 92,000 jobs in every town and county. It is not an industry that can continually be taxed without regard for the jobs, families and livelihoods it supports. 

In less than 12 months (between December 2012 and October 2013) the government increased excise on beer by 44%, excise on spirits increased by 37% and excise on wine increased by 62%.  These increases are not simply taxes upon alcohol. Excise is a tax on jobs, a tax on consumers, and on tourism.  Excise is a tax we cannot afford.

In 2017 Irish consumers pay the highest rate of excise in the EU on wine and the second highest rate on beer and spirits.

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