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IACP Welcomes Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which has been before the Oireachtas since 2015, was finally passed on October 3rd 2018. 

The bill introduces range of measures such as minimum unit pricing, cancer warnings, and segregation of alcohol sales in shops to be introduced.

Minister for Health Simon Harris said: "This is the first time in the history of our State we have endeavoured to use public health legislation to address issues in relation to alcohol. It is therefore a groundbreaking measure."

"For the very first time in our history we are legislating for alcohol as it affects our health and it is right and proper that we do that."

"We know that we have a relationship with alcohol in this country that is not good, that damages our health, harms our communities, and harms many families," the Minister said.

"The measures in this bill will make a real difference to change the culture of drinking in Ireland."

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