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(...)

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 (...)

The 24-hour TechCrunch Disrupt “hackathon” in London last weekend
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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(...)

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