Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Questions (383, 390)

Billy Timmins

Question:

383. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11332/13]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

390. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide an update on his proposals to physically separate the area in shops where alcohol is sold, including his preferred approach and any agreed timescales for implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11449/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 383 and 390 together.

The position is that the Report of the Steering Group on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, which was published last year, contains a broad range of recommendations which seek to address the negative consequences of alcohol misuse and alcohol-related harm in this country. The Department of Health is currently developing an Action Plan for submission to the Government in response to the Report's recommendations. Future arrangements relating to the display and sale of alcohol in mixed trading outlets such as supermarkets and convenience stores, including those referred to in section 9 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008, will be considered by the Government in the context of that Action Plan.