RGDATA’s campaign to have the onerous Structural Separation proposal, which would impact severely on members’ shops, removed from the Public Health Alcohol Bill is continuing.
As Committee Stage of the Public Health Bill was scheduled for the Seanad RGDATA made a presentation to TDs and Senators to highlight the concerns of local shopkeepers about the Structural Separation proposal in the Bill.
RGDATA and individual shop owners urged Senators to scrap Section 20 of the Bill, which proposed measures to make alcohol products “not readily visible” in mixed trading retail outlets.
“RGDATA is supportive of 99% of this Bill. However we believe the proposed measure regarding walls and doors in local shops will hammer smaller community based shops and will not deliver on the Bill’s objectives,” Tara Buckley, Director General, RGDATA outlined.
Numerous Senators supported the RGDATA position when the Committee Stage opened in Seanad Eireann.
Following briefings from RGDATA and many individual shop owners about the adverse impact of the Structural Separation proposal on local shops, 20 TDs and Senators spoke in favour of RGDATA’s position at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party Meeting.
“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny has indicated that the Bill will be amended to address the concerns of local shops. RGDATA is currently working on securing an amendment that addresses the concerns of local community retailers,” Tara Buckley commented.
RGDATA will continue this campaign until the proposal is amended at Report Stage. The Bill will go before the Dáil once it has passed through the Seanad.
“RGDATA is seeking simple amendments that will address the concerns of local shopkeepers,” Buckley added.
Kathleen Cahill, Communications Manager, RGDATA.
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