In a bid to save on the cost of enamel paints, the Irish Government has announced plans to ban the sale of enamels to those who have no previous experience of the process.
The Government’s plan to ban sales of enampels has been welcomed by the craft industry, who said the ban would save millions of litres of paint.
The announcement was made by Minister for Tourism, Tourism and Sport, Paul Kehoe, during a visit to the National Art Gallery of Ireland.
Mr Kehoe said that by banning the sale, Ireland was saving millions of pounds in manufacturing costs.
“There is a huge opportunity for people who do not know the process, for people from outside the country who don’t understand the process,” he said.
The minister said that the ban on sales of “non-renewable” enamel paints would ensure that “the vast majority” of Irish businesses were able to continue making their products.
Mr Keane said that a number of companies in the Irish craft industry have been investing in the use of environmentally friendly processes to help them produce more enamel paint.
He said that in the past year, companies had invested £10 million in the production of environmentally-friendly enameled paint, while another £2 million was being invested in the manufacture of non-renewsable paints.
The Minister said that this investment would create new jobs in the sector.
“The economic growth of the Irish economy will depend on the sustainable development of our industry,” Mr Kehoe added.
The ban on selling enameling paints has been in place since April 2018.
It comes as Ireland faces its highest electricity demand since April 2008.
This has been driven by rising electricity bills.
In 2020, the cost to households to provide electricity was £1,636 per year.
In 2018, Irish consumers paid £1.5 billion more for electricity than they did in 2008, according to the Irish Independent.
The Energy Authority has said that Ireland is the most expensive electricity market in the EU.
The Irish Independent understands that a total of €8 billion in tariffs have been imposed since January 2018, with €4.6 billion in new charges since that time.