Minister Simon Harris has referred to the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill as “ground-breaking”.
The bill seeks to reduce alcohol consumption by implementing a minimum price on units, restricted display in shops, and the addition of cancer warning labels on all products.
While it had been delayed for quite some time, the bill passed through all stages of the Dáil last night.
Parts of the bill were strongly opposed by the alcohol industry, who have claimed that the passing of the bill would negatively impact their business and the tourism sector.
Minister Harris responded be saying that the public’s health should come first.