Kathryn D’Arcy, director of Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland:   “Average per adult consumption is now over 25 per cent lower than the peak of 2001.  We are consuming alcohol at pre-1990 levels and are fast approaching EU norms.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland remains one of the worst countries in the world for binge drinking, although overall consumption rates are falling, according to a report b(...)

Mary Cunningham of the National Youth Council: “With pre-drinking, you are not drinking at home and then going out to have one [drink]. You are drinking at home and going out and drinking whatever you’d have drunk anyway.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Activities such as “prinking” and having “car-bars” have become routine, showing how much our drinking behaviour has changed, a seminar on alco(...)

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, (...)

 Maggie Timoney, the managing director of Heineken Ireland, said: ‘We need to start rebuilding the economy and help publicans.’  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The head of Heineken Ireland has called on the Government to reverse the 18 per cent increase in excise on beer, saying it will be damaging for public(...)

Alex White, Minister of State for Primary Care, James Reilly, Minister for Health, and Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, announcing the Government packege of measures to deal with alcohol misuse. Photograph: Alan Betson

The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland is unlikely to occur for up to another 12 months, the relevant Government Ministers have ac(...)

Beer in an off-licence

Alcohol Action Ireland has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol to correct what it describes as a lengthy period of se(...)

ISME chief executive Mark Fielding said today’s budget would go some way towards helping Ireland to regain its competitiveness. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Reaction from the business community to today’s budget was mixed. The retention of the 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality sector was broadly welc(...)