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Sinn Féin propose bye-law banning Dial-a-Drink services

10 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson and member of Dublin City Council's Joint Policing Committee TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has made a proposal to Dublin City Council for the introduction of a bye-law banning cash-on-delivery alcohol sales in Dublin. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the operation of 'Dial-a-Drink' services is contributing hugely to under age drinking and the associated problems for local communities.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The ability of young people to obtain alcohol without actually having to enter a licensed premises is contributing hugely to under age drinking and the associated problems for local communities. The operation of Dial-a-Drink services, whereby young people can simply order their drink over the phone or online, is now commonplace throughout Dublin.

"Underage drinking is one of the biggest factors contributing to anti-social behaviour which is tormenting communities throughout Dublin. We only have to look at the riot in Finglas over St. Patrick's weekend and the young age of many of those involved to see the negative effects of under-age drinking. Alcohol is also the single biggest factor contributing to the high number of public order offences in this state.

"The youth drinking culture in Ireland is also having severe negative consequences for the health of the nation. The number of young people, particularly women, experiencing liver problems is increasing at a rate never seen before.

"Sinn Féin believes that measures need to be taken to curb the youth drinking culture in Ireland and the drinking culture in general. I have made a proposal, on behalf of Sinn Féin, to Dublin City Council for the introduction of a bye-law banning cash-on-delivery alcohol sales in Dublin.

"Sinn Féin's proposed bye-law would make it an offence to deliver alcohol from a licensed premises to a private residence or public place for cash on delivery. It would also introduce strict punitive measures including financial punishments for any person found guilty of this offence and for the proprietor of the licensed premises involved up to and including loss of license.

"The fact is that this practice is being abused not only by young people but by the sellers of alcohol who are abandoning their responsibilities in order to make more money.

"If we are to successfully tackle youth drinking culture then this practice must be banned. Of course this is only one component of the more holistic approach that is necessary and which must also include the provision of services and alternatives for young people along with educational initiatives around the effects of alcohol." ENDS

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