TD relieved VAT on vitamins has been suspended

Spiralling cost of insurance may force businesses to close.

Three billion to install rural broadband.

Sligo News File.

Sligo Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry says he is pleased a Revenue proposed VAT on vitamins/food supplements has been suspended.

“My constituents in Sligo-Leitrim who use these products were facing significant cost increases,” he said.

In Ballymote, party colleague Eamon Scanlon is troubled about the failure of the Fianna Fail-backed government to tackle cost increases in the insurance market.

Small businesses, farmers, livestock marts and community organisations are, he said, being hammered by spiralling insurance rates “and some smaller family run companies say they may be forced to close if premiums continue to increase.”

As well, he wants licenses for further conifer planting in Leitrim to be put on hold “until the government commissioned report on forestry in the county is completed.”

It has emerged, meanwhile, that extending broadband to rural areas of the country may now cost €3 BILLION or more.