ABFI: Public Health (Alcohol) Bill must be “practical and workable”

ABFI director Ross Mac Mathúna
ABFI director Ross Mac Mathúna

Ross Mac Mathúna, director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland has suggested further analysis of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to ensure its successful implementation into law.



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27 October 2016 | 0

The controversial Public Health (Alcohol) Bill would enforce a new regulation requiring all alcohol products to be contained within a separate structure in-store, not immediately visible to customers as the browse the store. Many retailers and organisations have been critical of the bill, saying it would do nothing to combat binge drinking, yet serve to alienate causal and responsible drinkers and cause businesses to take a hit and for some to even be forced to abandon their off-licence completely.

Commenting on the recent Seanad debate on the bill, Ross Mac Mathúna said further debate is required. “Further examination of the bill’s provisions is necessary before implementation,” he said, “to ensure it adheres to evidence-based policy making and is both practical and workable.

“We look forward to a calm and reasonable debate on the subject,” he added in a statement.



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