If you want better hospital services, bring in alcohol legislation
It is notable the speed and ease with which legislation is proceeding through the Houses of the Oireachtas which will further increase the availability of alcohol.
While not necessarily objecting to the changes around licensing laws to facilitate alcohol sales on Good Friday, nor the sale of alcohol at craft breweries per se, the political consensus that greets the passage of these measures is in stark contrast to the endless objections and delays to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. This is a measure that will deliver enormous health benefits to Irish society. If it ever sees the light of day, that is!
The numbers are compelling: 1,500 hospitals beds occupied every night due to alcohol, with three people dying every day as a result of alcohol use. The Health Research Board estimates alcohol consumption in Ireland costs the economy and taxpayers in excess of €1.5bn a year.