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Legislation required to criminalise dial-a-drink services – Ó Snodaigh

23 April, 2008


Speaking today as the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice prepared to launch proposals to tackle problems with rising alcohol consumption, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Government to bring forward legislation to criminalise dial a drink services with payment on delivery. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said these services contribute hugely to underage drinking and related public order problems.

"I believe that dial-a-drink delivery services contribute hugely to under-age drinking and related public order problems. And I have proposed a bye-law to Dublin City Council in an effort to prohibit the practice.

"In response to a parliamentary question last week the Minister indicated that he has no intention of introducing legislation to prohibit the practice because in his view the service is already an offence under the existing Intoxicating Liqour Act 2003. If that was the case then why are so many businesses freely advertising dial-a-drink with payment on delivery services? If that was the case then why are these businesses not being prosecuted?

"It is impossible for the Gardaí to police the sale of alcohol where that sale occurs at a multiplicity of private residences. The upcoming Bill or Bills will be incomplete in the absence of an express provision criminalising dial-a-drink services with payment on delivery and without appropriately heavy penalties.

"The government must consider this issue further." ENDS

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