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Breweries and Distilleries Bill 'Would Remove Significant Regulatory Barrier'

The Breweries and Distilleries Bill 'would remove a significant regulatory barrier' for the growing market of breweries, microbreweries, cider makers and distilleries all around the country if passed, according to a statement The Irish Brewers Association (IBA) issued today (23 March).

The group also highlighted the potential benefits for the drinks businesses, as this would enable them to sell their own produce to tourists on site, which they said isn't the case under the existing licensing laws.

The IBA's announcement comes before the labour party's move to 'put down' the said bill in a private members motion in the Dáil tonight.

Seamus O’Hara, The Chairman of the Irish Brewers Association welcomed the move: “We’re delighted to see any move that removes barriers to growth and supports an industry that’s growing and sustaining jobs up and down the country.

"Ireland’s craft brewers have worked closely with the Labour party and our sectoral allies to promote the potential this bill could have. We now have a level playing field where small breweries setting up can compete and grow. But also for rural Ireland it offers, quality tourist attractions which are unique to their area,” O'Hara added.

Currently, the drinks and hospitality sector supports over 200,000 jobs in Ireland with an annual wage bill of €4 billion.

© 2017 - Checkout Magazine by Donna Ahern

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