Dáil Éireann - Volume 471 - 05 November, 1996
Written Answers. - Legalisation of Poitín.
Mr. Power Mr. Power
102. Mr. Power asked the Minister for Finance if he will give consideration to the legalisation of poitín making in Ireland. [20216/96]
Minister for Finance (Mr. Quinn) Ruairí Quinn
Minister for Finance (Mr. Quinn): Under current fiscal legislation, it is possible to manufacture a spirit product provided the manufacturer is licensed to do so and the process is carried out under the control of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners.
I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners, however, that it is their policy to object to the use of the term “poitín” to describe a product distributed in the State. The reasons for this include the strong association in the public mind of the term “poitín” with illicitly distilled spirits and the confusion that the use of such term would give rise to as to the duty status of such spirits. Under these circumstances, the issue of legalising poitín making does not arise.
Dáil Éireann 471 Written Answers. Legalisation of Poitín.