What I think needs to be discussed is that a steering group report commissioned and chaired by Government departs is under pressure from a minority of departments who were also included in the steering group.
The report considers the economic benefits and costs of alcohol consumption in Ireland and stated that:
The Steering Group considered the economic benefits of the alcohol industry to the Irish economy against the resultant health and social harms caused by alcohol use and misuse in Irish society. The members of the Steering Group were satisfied that the burden of health harms and the social consequences of harmful use of alcohol demanded the implementation of further measures to protect and preserve public health.
While I don't necessarily agree with all of the recommendations in the report (such as minimum pricing), it has been quite clearly well researched, discussed and open to submissions from anybody. All of the recommendations contained in the report were supported by a majority of the steering group and I think should therefore be implemented. I would particularly like to see the ban on sponsorship implemented because advertising does make a difference (probably why there is such pressure to push the date back).
Once again it appears that the vested interests of the minority and big buisiness are more important than the wellbeing and health of the majority in this country.
Here's a link to the report if anyone wants to read it. http://www.dohc.ie/publications/pdf/Ste ... f?direct=1edited for clarity