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Health Committee Invites Submissions On Alcohol Bill

The Health Committee has called for submissions on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, the Heads of which were published earlier this month.

Submissions on the draft legislation can be submitted between now and March 5th via the Oireachtas website.

“The Heads of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, published last week, have been described by Minister Varadkar as most the far-reaching yet to curb the misuse of alcohol, while other voices have criticised the measures for not going far enough,” said Committee Chairman Jerry Buttimer.

“As legislators with the responsibility in this area, it is important that we engage carefully with the wider public to listen to a broad spectrum of views on the draft legislation. The Committee may decide to invite one or more individuals or groups to public hearings to discuss particular submissions in detail.

"On foot of this public process, the Committee will publish a report on the legislation, which will be furnished to the Minister for consideration when drafting the Bill which will be presented to the Dáil and Seanad.”

Minimum pricing of alcohol products and structural separation of alcohol in stores are two of the measures proposed by the Bill.

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