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

By the same token I wish to raise a personal hobby horse. The Minister was previously Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. If one looks at the iconic images of the visits of President Obama or Queen Elizabeth, they were taken with alcohol involved, which is a mistake. At one level we are promoting public health. However, we have issues with Arthur's Day and the emergency departments of our hospitals being full. In my club, for example, the bar gives us revenue we could not get otherwise. As a society we need to have a conversation about the message given by the association of alcohol with sport and young people.


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