John Mallon wants to bring back smoking in pubs. He claims that "our pub culture is one of the reasons why Ireland is a great place to live and visit, despite the tough economic times.
"Pubs bring people together. They are a great social glue where friendships are made."
The opposite is very often true. Irish pubs and our alcohol culture have destroyed many families. The time and money wasted in pubs would be much better spent on family and friends in a healthier way.
Mallon bemoans the loss caused by "more than a thousand pubs (that) have gone bust".
This is not a loss but a gain for our society. Why not consider a ban on alcohol in pubs also, and get rid of quite a few more, and initiate a major improvement in our physical and mental health?
Newtown, Castletroy, Limerick