Thursday, 19 September 2019

Questions (155)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

155. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health if online influencers are subject to the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38128/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Section 13 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act regulates the content of alcohol advertisements including that such advertisements must contain only factual information about the product and must contain prescribed health warnings and details of a public health website on alcohol.

Section 13 has not yet been commenced. It is my intention to commence it after the necessary regulations under the section have been developed and assessed at EU level. Currently the regulations are the subject of a public consultation.

After section 13 comes into operation it will ultimately be a matter for a court to decide whether a particular communication such as that from a social influencer constitutes an advertisement under the Act.