Court challenge to plain tobacco packaging looms next week
The Irish Courts will next week begin hearing the first case of its kind taken against the State over plans to introduce plain tobacco products.
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) has instigated legal action in a bid to detail the proposals, which are being spearheaded by Children's Minister James Reilly.
The proceedings are scheduled to begin in the Commercial Court on Monday.
Details of arguments being put forward by the State and JTI will be heard during the case, which will be open to the public.
Politically, the Government is taking a gamble in taking on the powerful tobacco giants.
Dr Reilly is adamant the measures will reduce cancer-related deaths.