Denis O’Brien: he said  it was highly possible that the British government could fall in the coming days, with Mrs May unlikely to get sufficient backing to carry a vote on the proposed deal

Irish businessman Denis O’Brien has said the UK is in so much chaos over Brexit that it looks like an emerging market rather than an established econo(...)

Scotland is “in the ridiculous situation where there is a requirement to state the ingredients on alcohol-free beer but not on alcohol itself”. Photograph: iStock

It is a quirk of law that a bottle of alcohol-free beer must list its ingredients but there is no such requirement for a bottle containing actual alco(...)

The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland has moved a step closer following a decision by a Scottish court backing the measure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland has moved a step closer following a decision by a Scottish court backing the measure. The (...)

Timber barrels at a whisky distillery. “The EU countries are very mature and experienced whisky markets and we have huge interests in those markets,” says Liam Hughes of the Glasglow Distillery. “Anything that puts a potential barrier against those markets is something to be wary of.” File photograph: Getty Images

Liam Hughes is not afraid to take risks. Last year, the Armagh man opened the first single malt whisky distillery in Glasgow for more than a century, (...)

Court of Justice of the European Union  considered legislation introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Health has been an important theme in the work of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the last month. In case C-333/14, in a referen(...)

The only way minimum price rules can be saved is if member states can demonstrate that in a given case minimum pricing is somehow more effective than taxation. Photograph: PA

Last December, a certain grey-haired gentleman clothed in red and resident in a magical-seeming faraway land dropped a gift - carefully crafted by hi(...)

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(...)

New legislation for Ireland on minimum pricing of alcohol will likely be impacted by the European Court of Justice’s ruling.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the Scottish Government’s plan for a minimum alcohol price would breach EU law if less restrictive (...)

VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben: “The abuse and misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader needs to be urgently tackled, regardless of the measure.”

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has urged Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to push ahead with plans to introduce a ban on below-cost selling(...)

The European Court of Justice found that a Scottish proposal on minimum alcohol pricing risked infringing EU rules on free trade. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

The Government is to press ahead with plans for minimum unit pricing of alcohol despite an adverse ruling on the issue by the European Court of Justic(...)

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