Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

General Scheme of Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015: Discussion (Resumed)

9:30 am

Photo of Jerry ButtimerJerry Buttimer (Cork South Central, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

In the committee's first term we held hearings on the issue of alcohol. We did not submit a recommendation on sports sponsorship because there was not consensus in the committee. However, it is the Achilles heel in the Bill. Those of us involved in sport recognise the importance. My club in Bishopstown has a bar that helps to fund the activities. However, at one level it sends the wrong message. At one level it is promoting public health which is very positive. However, at the same time we are saying to the sporting organisations, albeit with modifications, that they can continue to get money from these people. I know it is not the perfect answer.


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