Press Release

Implementation Group Established to Progress Recommendations Aimed at Tackling Alcohol Misuse

Mr Sean Power T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, today (8th November 2006), welcomed the establishment of the Implementation Group formed to monitor and report on progress on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report “Working Together to Reduce the Harms Caused by Alcohol Misuse’. This report, published earlier in the year, was produced by a Working Group established under the Sustaining Progress Special Initiative on Alcohol and Drugs Misuse.

The Working Group, which comprised Social Partners and relevant Government Departments and Agencies, agreed on a programme of actions to deliver targeted results in relation to underage drinking, binge drinking and drink driving. The Implementation Group, whose membership comprises key stakeholders in Government Departments and Agencies and the Social Partners, held its first meeting on Tuesday 7th November. The required actions identified by the Working Group generally fall within the remit of the various organisations represented on the Implementation Group. The Implementation Group, which is being chaired by Mr Peter Cassells, is expected to report by the end of 2007.

In addressing the inaugural meeting of the Implementation Group Minister Power reiterated the need to address the many problems caused by alcohol misuse. “A collaborative effort by all stakeholders will be required to progress the recommendations. This Government is committed to supporting the work of the Implementation Group in its efforts to co-ordinate a meaningful and sustained response to the problems of alcohol misuse in Ireland” the Minister said.

Download the report: Working Together to Reduce the Harms Caused by Alcohol Misuse