Drinks bill hits another bump on the long road to becoming law

Drinks bill hits another bump on the long road to becoming law

In a boost for booze industry lobbyists, abortion legislation will have first call on the Department of Health’s time and efforts

Delay, delay, delay. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the books for lobbyists trying to protect an industry.

The aim is to ward off proposed legislation for as long as possible, in the hope that circumstances will change.

All of this has happened with the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which has been languishing in Leinster House for the past six years. Successive ministers have promised and failed to get it into law.

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