Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, pictured when he was minister for health in December 2015, at the announcement of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been doing the legislative rounds for some time now and the debate hasn’t quite reached closing time. Certainly, (...)

Dublin North West TD Noel Rock has claimed  minimum unit pricing, a bid to prevent low cost sales of alcohol, was based on “middle class guilt with working class consequences”. File photograph: PA

Irish teenagers are the second most sober in the EU, a Fine Gael backbencher has claimed as he rejected all the major elements of the Government’s Bil(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned  the Government does not want any further amendment to the proposed legislation. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Drinks lobbyists have dismissed links between alcohol and cancer and claimed the carcinogens were more like “burnt toast”, the Dáil has heard in the o(...)

Gin was the fastest-growing spirit locally in 2016, growing 31.6% in Ireland

Irish craft gin is set to go global this year as local brands seek to go head-to-head with the likes of Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s and Tanqueray. A (...)

The Whiskey Palace in the Palace Bar on Dublin’s Fleet Street, which is seeking to capitalise on the strong growth in sales of the spirit. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Irish whiskey led strong growth in the value of spirits exports from the Republic to almost €650 million, industry figures show. A new analysis of th(...)

Saved by the belligerent: Fionn Davenport’s  arid discussion of the Russian revolution on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday) was enlivened by anti-communist firebrand Peter Hitchens.

Comedy, the saying goes, is tragedy plus time. The veracity of this proposition is one of the issues on Inside Culture (RTÉ Radio 1, Monday), in a spe(...)

Patricia Callan, director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, sees plenty of potential for tourism around Irish whiskey. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The caste of a lobbyist depends, in large part, on the social or moral standing of the thing for which they lobby. What? Did you say you’re a tobacco(...)

Alcohol sponsorship: Oliver Elhotz performing with the Clare Sands trio at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

For better or worse, regular attendees of festivals, concerts and cultural events in Ireland know it is almost impossible to avoid the presence of alc(...)

Drinks industry and alcohol abuse: “We need to strike a balance between the employment, exports and tourism growth potential of the sector and the need to address misuse.”

Perception with regard to alcohol in Ireland is not reality. Despite what some might have you believe, consumption of alcohol in Ireland is falling. I(...)

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(...)

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