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(...)

Some  1.35 million people are harmful drinkers, according to a study by the Health Research Board. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Irish people are drinking harmfully in massive numbers while heavily underestimating their consumption, according to a study by the Health Research B(...)

Despite lower levels of alcohol consumption, a lot of young people are binge-drinking. Photograph: Thinkstock

Nothing provokes such a bout of national self-righteous self-flagellation than the relationship between Irish people and alcohol. Every Christmas, St (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

It is understood that several Ministers, including Minister for Transport and Sport Leo Varadkar, set out detailed arguments against the draft memorandum on banning alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Department of Health proposal to ban alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events has been questioned by other departments in their formal respon(...)

British and Irish gastroenterologists have warned of a worsening alcohol-related crisis in healthcare and said they wanted to see better investment in hospital and community based treatment services. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The Irish Society of Gastroenterology has called on the Government to introduce a 1 per cent levy on alcohol advertising and sponsorship expend(...)