Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children
Business of Joint Committee
It is important, as Deputies Conway and Kelleher noted, that we as a committee continue with the work on alcohol policy. We will make sure the legacy of the former Minister of State is a very strong piece of legislation from the Government regarding alcohol. It is regrettable that today an alcohol company is hijacking Irish society on the basis of the name of its product. It is incumbent on us to promote the reasonable consumption of alcohol. Today is not a day to be celebrating something in particular; rather, it is a day on which we should be asking all members of the public to drink sensibly and consume alcohol within reason. We need to have a wider debate about how a drinks company can suddenly promote a particular day with the aim of selling alcohol. I very much regret that this has been allowed to happen.
There is a motion before us in the name of Deputy Dowds that we took from last week's meeting.