Alcohol Action Ireland accused the industry of using “highly intemperate” language and the “pernicious distribution” of inaccuracies, such as disputing scientific evidence that alcohol was a carcinogen.
Health Minister Simon Harris has said he hoped the long-waited Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will complete its passage through the Oireachtas over the autumn.
It includes provisions on mandatory minimum pricing, restrictions on alcohol advertising and marketing, the separation of alcohol in stores and alcohol labelling.
The bill marks the culmination of a drawn-out process of legislating for proposals made five and a half years ago by a State alcohol steering group. The first Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was published in February 2015.
Eunan McKinney of AAI said the highly influential employers’ group Ibec had sought to spin a common thread between those “who lobby to guard vested interests and those who advocate to protect public health”.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffee, The Irish Examiner, 18/10/17