Smok­ers to take hit again

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

IN­CREASES on a packet of cig­a­rettes and a sugar tax are prob­a­bly on the way in the Bud­get next month, the Taoiseach in­di­cated yes­ter­day.

‘I can’t ob­vi­ously go into specifics, but it would be typ­i­cal enough for there to be an in­crease in cig­a­rettes. That’s one of the things un­der con­sid­er­a­tion,’ Mr Varad­kar said.

A com­mit­ment made in last year’s Bud­get to in­tro­duce a sugar tax would be hon­oured, Mr Varad­kar added. ‘I’m a long­time sup­porter of the sugar tax and I want to see that in­tro­duced next year, but I’m not in a po­si­tion to get into de­tails.’

He said it was al­ways the case that the level of de­mands for ex­tra spend­ing are greater than can ever be ac­com­mo­dated in any one bud­get.

‘There’ll be no cuts in any department spend­ing this year. Every department will have an in­crease in spend­ing, it’s just a case of how much we can ac­com­mo­date,’ he said.

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