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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 126 - Sports sponsorship [7615/14]. (18 Feb 2014)

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126. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views regarding the sponsorship of sport by alcohol producers; if he has been in contact with the national sporting organisations to establish if there is an alternative to alcoholic sponsorship in sport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7615/14] 

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): My position in relation to the matter of sports sponsorship by the alcohol industry remains as I outlined to the House previously. I have no update to provide at this stage. 


Arising from a Government decision of 22 October 2013 regarding measures to deal with alcohol misuse, a working group has been established by the Department of the Taoiseach to consider the impact of regulating alcohol sponsorship of major sporting events by alcohol companies and to report back within twelve months. The Group will also consider alternative sources of funding for sporting organisations to replace potential lost revenue arising from any such regulation. My Department is represented on the Working Group. I look forward to receiving a copy of the Working Group's report when it has concluded its work.


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