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Munster's Dave O'Callaghan attempts to score a try in Guinness PRO12. Health Minister Leo Varadkar said there is concern that banning sponsorship by alcohol firms would cause funding difficulties for sporting organisations.

Munster's Dave O'Callaghan attempts to score a try in Guinness PRO12. Health Minister Leo Varadkar said there is concern that banning sponsorship by alcohol firms would cause funding difficulties for sporting organisations.

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Munster's Dave O'Callaghan attempts to score a try in Guinness PRO12. Health Minister Leo Varadkar said there is concern that banning sponsorship by alcohol firms would cause funding difficulties for sporting organisations.

THE Government is set to abandon plans to put an end to alcohol firms sponsoring major sporting events, it emerged today.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar said there is concern within government circles that such a move would cause funding difficulties for sporting organisations.

While Mr Varadkar said the issue of alcohol sponsorship is “still a matter for discussion” around the Cabinet table, he indicated that the proposals could only be implemented if the money was found elsewhere.

In his previous role as Minister for Transport, Sport and Tourism, Mr Varadkar had opposed such a ban despite strong lobbying from interest groups.

The heads of the Public Health (Alcohol Bill), which will regulate the pricing of alcohol, is due to be published in the coming months.

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