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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 358 - Alcohol sales legislation. (16 Jul 2015)

358. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to review the licensing laws, around the selling of alcohol and having supermarkets selling same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29948/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The position is that the Government Legislation Programme published on 14 January provides for future publication of the Sale of Alcohol Bill. This Bill will update the law relating to the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in licensed premised and registered clubs. It will repeal the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011, as well as the Registration of Clubs Acts 1904 to 2008, and replace them with streamlined and updated provisions.

As far as the sale of alcohol in mixed trading outlets such as supermarkets and convenience stores is concerned, the position is that I, together with my colleague the Minister for Health, have jointly reviewed, in the context of the forthcoming Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, matters relating to structural separation of alcohol products from other products in such outlets, including appropriate future enforcement mechanisms. It is expected that proposals in relation to this matter will be submitted to Government in the Autumn.

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