John Crown: I'm determined to smoke out Leinster House addicts
YESTERDAY I asked my colleagues in the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children to back my proposal to make the Leinster House campus a smoke-free zone. This is a small part of a more ambitious set of anti-tobacco measures.
There are four designated, heated, sheltered, outdoor smoking areas for parliamentarians and staff in the grounds of our national parliament. These addiction dens are hidden away from the prying eyes of photographers and the public.
While there is powerful symbolism in insisting that the community of nicotine addicts in Leinster House follow the same "no-smoking-anywhere-on-the-premises" rules that already apply to patients in many HSE hospitals, and which will apply in all of them by 2015, I am primarily suggesting this initiative for the smokers' own benefit.