Joe Schmidt, the former Leinster and current Irish rugby coach, poses for a photograph with the Heineken Cup. A report on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events was published by an Oireachtas Committee today. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland.

A ban on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events should not be countenanced unless other European countries were prepared to follow suit, an Oireachtas(...)

Dr Bobby Smyth, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with Alcohol Action Ireland: it was with “typical arrogance” that the alcohol industry, “and those in receipt of its money”, had demanded evidence be provided that proved sponsorship promotes consumption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sporting bodies are “very much in the alcohol industry’s pocket”, an Oireachtas committee was told yesterday. Prof Joe B(...)