Worries over 'booze curtains' to be heard
Minister of State for Public Health Marcella Corcoran Kennedy is standing firm on her decision to bring in tough new legislation which will force shop owners to restrict the visibility of alcohol.
However, Ms Corcoran Kennedy said she would listen to the concerns of the growing number of Fine Gael backbenchers who were demanding that so-called 'booze curtains' were removed from the final legislation.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, the minister said she had to "respect" the work that has been put into the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill by Department of Health staff and previous ministers.
Fine Gael TDs and senators rounded on Ms Corcoran Kennedy and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Wednesday night's parliamentary party meeting over the proposed legislation.