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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Questions on promised legislation [Alcohol Bill]. (25 Oct 2017)

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….Deputy Gerry Adams: I am advised that at least ten former designated public officials, including two former Fine Gael Senators and four special advisers to Ministers in the previous Government, have been lobbying against the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015. The Bill is hugely important for the health of our society. Some 500 people die each year from alcohol-related cancers, there are three deaths every day due to alcohol and approximately 1,500 hospital beds are occupied as a result of alcohol-related illnesses. Professor Frank Murray recently warned of the enormous lobbying against the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 by the alcohol industry. The alcohol industry should have no role in formulating national alcohol policy. The autumn legislative programme describes the Bill as a priority. When does the Minister intend to introduce it into the Dáil?

 

The Taoiseach: I assure the Deputy of my absolute commitment to this legislation, which I published as Minister for Health. This is a free country and people are free to lobby their local Teachtaí Dála and Ministers as they wish but I absolutely guarantee the Deputy that no one has changed my mind on this. The legislation will be reintroduced to the Seanad on 8 November.

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