Adams raises Public Health (Alcohol) Bill with Taoiseach
Sinn Féin leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams today raised his concern at the efforts by the alcohol industry to lobby against the Bill, saying that “the alcohol industry should have no role in formulating national alcohol policy”.
Teachta Adams said:
“Successive governments have failed to protect the public health by controlling the consumption of alcohol, limiting advertising, especially in respect of sport, and improving education.
“Reports suggest that at least 10 former designated public officials, including two former Fine Gael senators and four special advisers to ministers in the last government have been lobbying against the Bill.
“This Bill is hugely important to the health of our society.
“500 people die each year from alcohol related cancers.
“There are three deaths every day – that’s over 1,000 annually – due to alcohol.
“Approximately 1,500 hospital beds a day are occupied as a result of alcohol related illnesses.
“Prof Frank Murray recently warned of the enormous lobbying taking place by the alcohol industry, in opposition to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
“The alcohol industry should have no role in formulating national alcohol policy.”
In his response, the Taoiseach said the Bill will be introduced into the Seanad on November 8th.