Minister for Health Leo  Varadkar has said the Government knows a strong and convincing case can be made for minimum unit pricing over other measures.  File photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Photo

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar says he remains committed to the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol despite an adverse European court r(...)

Accounts of damage caused by flooding dominated the airwaves: The river Suck at Ballinasloe after Storm Desmond hit the area over last weekend. Photograph: Airman Jamie Martin/Air Corps/PA

Bemoaning seasonal excess is practically compulsory at this time of year, but there has been real anguish on the airwaves this week about current sur(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: published Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Photograph:  INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Bulmers cidermaker C&C wasted no time in trolling its competitors in the Irish drinks industry this week, with an interesting statement welcoming (...)

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Image of the week: Round-table disruption There is beer, soft drinks, crisps but surprisingly little coffee in evidence at this meeting of like-min(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland said the Bill could “lay the foundations for a new relationship with alcohol in Ireland”, and specified that minimum unit pricing will increase the cost of affected products in off-licences and supermarkets by about €1.20 per month for “low-risk” drinkers. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Government’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been met with broad acclaim by campaign groups, but drinks industry representatives say it will serv(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: the restrictions contained in his Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will make the activation of sports sponsorships much less efficient and will affect the value of sports sponsorships over time. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two years ago, when Leo Varadkar was Minister for Tourism and Sport, he was among the most vociferous voices in the Cabinet against plans to restrict (...)

As well as Government support, the report notes that about €1.15 billion in private investment would also be needed over the next 10 years to boost production

Ireland’s drink industry could grow exports to more than €2 billion over the next 15 years and create an additional 13,000 jobs across the country, ac(...)

Christine Bleakley at Rossnowlagh on the Wild Atlantic Way for TV programme Wild Ireland. Photograph: Big Mountain Productions

A senior official with State tourism body Fáilte Ireland has warned against overstating the negative impact of high alcohol prices on tourism. Paul K(...)

The Government is attempting to walk a fine line between reducing the consumption of cheap alcohol among those citizens most at risk from  abuse, while avoiding enraging the masses who simply want to enjoy an affordable tipple.

The recommendation by the Oireachtas health committee yesterday that the Government enacts its highest proposed minimum unit price for alcohol has sen(...)

Diageo’s “Brewhouse No.4” a new €169 million brewery, at St. James’s Gate, Dublin, is an example of the drink industry’s investment in the economy. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Exports from Ireland’s drinks sector are worth € 1.4 billion, a new report shows, with the drinks manufacturing sector exporting 45 per cent of its to(...)