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O’Reilly praises Sinn Féin role in passing of Public Health Alcohol Bill

4 October, 2018 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has said she is proud and relieved that the Public Health Alcohol Bill has finally passed the Dáil.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“Last night was a historic night for politics and for healthcare in this State as the Public Health Alcohol Bill was finally passed by the Dáil.

“The Public Health Alcohol Bill was first introduced in 2015 and it has encountered many difficulties throughout its journey through the Dáil and Seanad.

“In spite of intense lobbying from the alcohol industry, politicians stood strong in insuring that this vital piece of public health legislation was passed.

“Sinn Féin played a vital and proactive role in ensuring this bill was passed and in amending it to strengthen and make it a piece of world class public health legislation.

“I would also like to thank my colleague and predecessor as Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD who fought hard on behalf of this legislation since its inception and in the last Dáil term. 

“Similarly, it is important to thank the many stakeholders and health groups who campaigned for this legislation which has significant implications for the improvement of public health in this State.

“Last night was a historic night in the history of healthcare in this state and I’m proud and relieved that this legislation will now become law.” 

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