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Ó Snodaigh meets RGDATA and Nightclub association on sale of alcohol

20 May, 2008

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD this morning met with RGDATA, the group representing the independent grocers and the Irish Nightclub Industry Association to discuss the sale of alcohol.

Speaking after the meeting this afternoon Deputy, "The harm caused by alcohol is not limited to individuals' health. It is detrimental to public order in communities throughout the state. This should be a major concern to everybody particularly to those engaged in the sale of alcohol.

"Today I met with two organisations representing some of those engaged in the sale of alcohol. We met to discuss some of their concerns in relation to the Heads of the Intoxicating Liquor (Public Order) Bill and to consider what these businesses can do to help address problems of binge drinking and illegal drug use.

"I urged RGDATA to ensure that its members do not offer dial-a-drink with payment on delivery services given the contribution this makes to under-age drinking and related public order problems. I have written to a number of other representative associations in the same vein.

"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.

"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.

"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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