Tuesday December 1, 2020

Do latest drink plans spell curtains for small shops?

The government says its controversial new laws on alcohol visibility in shops will protect children. But shopkeepers around the country see it as an anti-business move

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

6th November, 2016
Ann Martin, owner of the Centra supermarket in Mountrath, Co Laois: ‘You are taking money out of small communities’ Picture: Dylan Vaughan

It is the first time that the state has ever attempted to bring in a public health legislation to tackle the scourge of alcoholism. But the plan to hide away alcohol from public view in small shops has drawn heavy political opposition

Here The Sunday Business Post speaks to the shopkeepers, the minister involved, and the politicians opposing it.

Ann Martin believes that the plans to restrict the visibility of alcohol in shops is “anti-business”....

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