While drinks companies and sporting bodies never made any secret of their disdain for any sponsorship ban, the FoI records point to a concerted push by a well-resourced and well-informed industry to bring its concerns directly into the heart of Government. Photograph: Inpho/Lorraine O’Sullivan

The drinks industry engaged in a sustained effort to dissuade the Coalition from banning the sponsorship of major sporting events by drink companies, (...)

Peter O’Brien of Diageo, who is chairman of the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland, said that Arthur’s Day was “a celebration of the Irish pub” as well as of the food, drink and entertainment that existed there and it deserved support.

Blaming Arthur’s Day for Ireland’s problematic relationship with alcohol is unfair and Diageo will continue to invest in the event as long as the pub(...)

Wetherspoon is set to buy the Tonic House in Blackrock, Co Dublin

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon is set to open 30 pubs in the Republic. Group chairman and founder Tim Martin says the company intends to open betwe(...)


The official flag of the Heineken Cup rugby union match Clermont Auvergne vs. Saracens is pictured on the pitch of the Marcel Michelin stadium on October 9, 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read 
Rugby’s Heineken Cup is called the H Cup in France due to restrictions on alcohol sponsorship. Photograph: 
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Government Ministers remain deadlocked over banning alcohol sponsorship in sport, with those pushing for the move being told they will have to come up(...)

It’s a grim world out there for the independent off-licence, with a study from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland finding this week that whil(...)

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