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 Header Item Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)
 Header Item Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee
 Header Item Business of Dáil

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 852 No. 3

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  2 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy James Reilly: Information on James Reilly Zoom on James Reilly]  Deputy Pat Breen stated that approximately 30% of the turnover of small retailers was derived from cigarettes. He stated that the new packets would make counterfeiting more difficult, not less difficult, because they will have a security mark that is very difficult to emulate.

Let me respond to Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl on his personal experience of tobacco. There is no doubt that the product wreaks terrible havoc and visits horror and hardship on families and individuals. I noted the Deputy's concern about markets. That is a matter for enforcement. There is good enforcement, but we must be ever-vigilant.

I thank all Members for their support. We need not believe that this legislation, which I clearly believe will be passed in this Chamber based on what Members have said, is the end of the matter. There is an ongoing battle to be fought to ensure the well-being and safety of our children and give them the quality of life and health to which they are entitled. Far from being a nanny state policy, this legislation is about protecting vulnerable children who are influenced by the last billboard that the industry has, the package. In this regard, Deputy Stanton alluded to the very deliberate targeting of young girls with small packets that look like perfume boxes. We will not be banning slim cigarettes, but we will be banning the slim boxes.

In 1998, 33% of Irish people smoked. Today, that figure is 21.5%. I thank all who have been involved in the fight to safeguard the health of our people and to help us protect future generations from smoking. We know this measure will help to protect our children and prevent them from ever starting to smoke. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I must put their needs and health ahead of any industry considerations. We know the measure will enhance their lives and add many years of life to their bright and better futures. I commend the Bill to the House.

  Question put and agreed to.

Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014 [Seanad]: Referral to Select Committee

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I move:

That the Bill be referred to the Select Sub-Committee on Health pursuant to Standing Orders 82A(3)(a) and (6)(a) and 126(1) of the Standing Orders relative to Public Business.

  Question put and agreed to.

Business of Dáil

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly On behalf of the Government, I have been asked to inform the House that three Topical Issue matters have been deferred until next week. The first, on education, was tabled by Deputies Creighton and Mathews, who I understand have agreed to resubmit it next Tuesday, when the Minister from the relevant Department will be available to deal with it. The second and third Topical Issue matters concern health and are also to be deferred. The second is in the name of Deputies Kieran O'Donnell and Pat Breen, and the third is in the name of Deputy Robert Troy. I understand the Deputies have agreed to resubmit their matters next Wednesday, when the Minister will be available.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt Is that agreed? Agreed. Does the Minister have any information on the fourth Topical Issue matter?

Deputy James Reilly: Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly No.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I understand the transport issue raised by Deputy Dessie Ellis is to be deferred until next Tuesday. I presume that is in order, because the Deputy is not present. Is that agreed? Agreed.

  The Dáil adjourned at 2.05 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Friday, 3 October 2014.


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