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Minister Harris to revisit Section 20 of the new alcohol Bill, which relates to structural separation

A Mayo Senator has welcomed the commitment by Health Minister Simon Harris to revisit Section 20 of the new Public Health Alcohol Bill, after concerns were expressed that smaller retailers would be unfairly affected.

Controversy arose in relation to structural separation, which would mean shopkeepers storing alcohol in a separate area of the shop, out of view.

Last week, Minister Harris published amendments that state that small shops will now be allowed to have two small units to display alcohol.

All other retailers must segregate alcohol to a separate area in the shop where it cannot be visible.

However, the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association of Ireland said these amendments would impact on less than 5% of retail outlets, and do not go far enough to protect the majority of stores across the country.

Yesterday, Minister Harris agreed to revisit this section of the long-delayed legislation, and said officials from his Department would consult with small retailers to try and find a workable solution.

Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has welcomed the development…

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