Patricia Callan,  head of Alcohol Beverage Federation, she hoped Minister for Health  ‘starts to engage with the [drinks] industry because he hasn’t engaged to date’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) has warned of the “devastating” impact cancer warnings on alcohol labels could have following the in(...)

The new Bill’s proposals have drawn international attention Photograph: Getty

In the war that is the controversial public health legislation on alcohol, the next big battle is cancer warnings on drinks labels. The skirmishes hav(...)

Sales of gin jumped 47.2 per cent in Ireland last year, new figures show.

It’s official. Gin is in. Sales of the spirit once informally known as mother’s ruin jumped last year with volumes rising 47.2 per cent. With locally(...)

Danny McCoy, chief executive of Ibec, at its offices on Baggot Street, Dublin this week. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy is strumming a different tune these days but it has nothing to do with his bullish outlook on the Irish economy, whic(...)

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(...)

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