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This morning.

Friend of Bill writes:

Good to see our attitude toward alcohol is ‘maturing’ not to mention our ‘respect’ for our great artists…


Goodbye Dry January, hello hangover (Vanessa Martinez, RTÉ)

This morning.

On the banks of the Royal Canal, off Dorset Street, Dublin 1.

Frank McNally tweetz:

Summertime in Dublin. The morning after a party at Brendan Behan’s place.

Adh here.

How your Xmas Guinness ad may look under ad blocking measures to ‘curb’ alcohol consumption in Ireland.

Eamon Delaney, of free market think tank Hibernia Forum, writes:

This (above) is what an iconic Irish beer ad, from the legendary Guinness brand, would look like under proposed new measures in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

…a sledgehammer approach to the alcohol and hospitality sector which hurts consumers, producers and those of us who believe in individual freedoms and not being treated like children.

Politicians love this Nanny State stuff, as it distracts from the real pressing issues and gives them easy publicity and the approval of media experts

Hopefully, others in our political culture will see through this easy populism and how such blanket unproven measures hurt industry, retailers, the tourist trade and ordinary consumers.

Hopefully, they will call a halt to this censorship and business-damaging measure. Enough is enough.


Nanny State : How an iconic beer ad would look under the Government’s new sledgehammer Public Health (Alcohol) BiHibernia Forum

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This morning.

In the Seanad.

Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly outlines why he’s against the opening of licensed premises on Good Friday.

Via Conor McMorrow

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Emma Doran on the dilemma of buying drink for the underaged and over-eyebrowed.

Previously: The Sleepover, Circa 1999

See Emma’s upcoming show: ‘Liga, Lube and a Bottle of Gin’, Mar 9,10, 2017 The Mill Theatre, Dundrum.



Bonkers writes:

There was a Eurostat report out yesterday that showed Ireland is now the most expensive country in the EU to buy alcohol with costs here running at 175% of the EU average.

We are the second most expensive for tobacco (behind the UK) and third most expensive country in which to buy milk, cheese and eggs (all produced in vast quantities within our borders)

On alcohol we’ve recently seen former Minister for Health Leo Varadkar try to introduce a Minimum Alcohol Pricing bill which would undoubtedly make prices of alcohol rise to over double the EU average.

We’ve had politicians persistently tell us that ‘cheap alchohol’ in supermarkets is to blame for all sorts of societal problems. Instead of education our politicians use taxation.

Publicans have come out in favour of minimum unit pricing, on public health grounds, they say.

They even went so far as to lobby the Dept of Health and the Dept of Justice to get Minimum Unit Pricing introduced

I find it a bit strange then for publicans to be claiming that off-licence sales are ‘too cheap’ and need to be raised on public health grounds while at the very same time they were lobbying the Dept of Finance for “Maintaining the current hospitality VAT Rate; Increasing the VAT Threshold from €75,000 to €110,000; Reducing the Excise level on alcohol”.

So they want the government to increase the price of alcohol in supermarkets on health grounds but at the same time they want alcohol excise reduced to help decrease the price of alcohol in their own premises.

Does not compute, surely Irish publicans would never pull a stroke?




Simon Hogan writes:

Saw this in the ancient ‘Joy of Knowledge: Volume 36 ‘[1987] at the weekend. For every one of us here drinking there’s ten more at home who aren’t! Thanks to Willy M for letting me look through his old books….

Joy of Knowledge?