Saturday 24 February 2018

Independent Alliance now seek to block booze curtains

Alcohol could be less visible to shoppers in the future. Photographer: Peter Kollanyi/Bloomberg
Alcohol could be less visible to shoppers in the future. Photographer: Peter Kollanyi/Bloomberg
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

THE Independent Alliance has now weighed in behind Fine Gael TDs and senators seeking to block legislation requiring shop owners to restrict the visibility of alcohol.

The group of Independent ministers and TDs have called on Junior Minister for Public Health Marcella Corcoran Kennedy to urgently address their concerns on so called ‘booze curtains’.

An illustration of the suggested 'booze curtains'
An illustration of the suggested 'booze curtains'
The proposed 'booze curtains'

The Alliance is concerned that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill - which contains legislation forcing shop owners to ensure alcohol is not visible to customers – will have financial impacts on small businesses.

Members of the Independent Alliance - while acknowledging the benefits of other parts of the Bill - have said that the obligation to have a physical barrier between alcohol and other items in a shop may cause considerable hardship and financial pressure to small shop owners around the country,” a spokeswoman said.

“The group said this is an additional cost for small business owners and raised questions as to whether it would actually reap any dividends as well as questioning how this proposed regulation would be policed.

They have called on Junior Health Minister Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy to address their concerns,” she added.

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