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Drinks promotions to be restricted under new legislation

Drinks promotions aimed at students and others offering two alcohol products for the price of one are to be restricted under new legislation being prepared by the Government.

Minister for Health Simon Harris is to be given the authority to draft regulations to prohibit or curb promotions, which he believes encourage irresponsible drinking behaviour.

The proposals are contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which is to be debated in the Seanad next week.

The legislation was stalled in the Oireachtas last year due to a number of concerns raised by Fine Gael TDs and Senators, in particular about the requirement on retailers to hide alcohol from display.

In an amendment proposed by Mr Harris, small shops will now be given the option of keeping alcohol products in view but the Bill will insist that it must be confined to a maximum of two storage units.

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Source: Sarah Bardon, The Irish Times, 03/11/17 

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