Three years in waiting: New Public Health Alcohol Bill finally passes through the Dail – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views
October 4, 2018

Three years in waiting: New Public Health Alcohol Bill finally passes through the Dail

The much debated Public Health Alcohol Bill has passed through the final stages of the Dail.

In what has been a long process, the Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed that the Bill which will change the landscape of the distribution of alcohol products in Ireland has passed its final hurdle.

The highly controversial Bill which has faced stiff opposition from those within the drinks industry will see a number of restrictions being placed on the  advertising and sale of alcohol.

Under the new legislation alcohol products will have unity pricing, advertising restrictions and a broadcast watershed.

The new Bill which took almost three years to complete will also the segregation of alcohol from other products in retail outlets as well as cancer warning labels being placed on all alcohol related products.

Speaking about the newly passed Bill, Mr Harris said the Bill is highly significant in terms of country’s overall health.

The Minister for Health said Bill will more than address the issue of alcohol consumption and it will protect our children in the future.

It is now expected that the Bill will be implemented in the near future once it is signed into to law by the next President of Ireland.

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