Tobacco control legislation

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business]

We are soon to have legislation that will have the effect of introducing plain packaging and other restrictions on the tobacco industry. I hope it will be passed and put into law expeditiously. I greatly regret the fact that tobacco control legislation that I introduced, and which would have barred the lobbying by tobacco companies, was defeated. The second of my Bills, co-sponsored by my good colleagues Senators van Turnhout and Daly and which is to ban the practice of smoking in cars when children are present, seems to be terminally glued up. I ask the Leader and Deputy Leader to use their good offices to ensure this Bill proceeds expeditiously, as promised when we had a discussion on the previous Stage.

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