Charities protest over Kenny tobacco meeting
TWO leading health charities have written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, saying they are shocked that he met with tobacco manufacturers.
The Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation were responding to reports that Mr Kenny, along with Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter, met with the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee (ITMAC) earlier this month.
The two charities said they were very concerned that the most senior level of Government had met members of the tobacco industry, adding that the industry's only objective was to keep people smoking.
Meanwhile Health Minister James Reilly confirmed yesterday he will press ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging on cigarette packets.