Intimidatory Behaviour of the Tobacco Industry

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] A few weeks ago I asked a question of the Leader which he was unfortunately unable to answer because he developed a very dry throat. He had a coughing attack and was not able to give his usual very full and comprehensive answer to questions. I hope … Continue reading

Responding to legal threats from the tobacco industry

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I call on the Leader to ask the Minister for Health, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider some radical approaches to dealing with the tobacco industry in light of the disclosure that Japan Tobacco International intends mounting a serious, and I believe … Continue reading

The Need for Transparency Around Health Data

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I wish to comment on reports over the weekend about wide disparities in survival from cardiac events or heart attacks in hospitals across the country. This had a particular resonance for me because in the early years of this particular Seanad, similar specific allegations were made about … Continue reading

Last debate on tobacco plain packaging legislation before President signs it into law

Watch video here: [Speaking in the Seanad during debate on Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages] The Minister deserves great credit for taking this cause on board. As we have heard repetitively, but correctly, Ireland has been a leader in this area, first … Continue reading

Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

murder for the lungs

[Speaking in the Seanad on my Committee Stage amendments on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014] We live in a technological age and marketing strategies are growing ever more sophisticated, including the use of electronically taggable devices. Amendment No. 6 would prevent tobacco companies from introducing any non-visible element of packaging which … Continue reading

US Interference With Ireland’s Plain Packaging of Tobacco Legislation

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] Nigella Lawson, a person who is greatly admired by many Members of these Houses, Kate Moss, the Gallagher brothers, Noel and Liam, and Russell Brand all have something in common. They have all been prevented or impeded from entering the United States because they have either had … Continue reading

Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill] I welcome the Minister. This is a very good day for him. I laud his efforts in public health and I think he will be remembered for the good work he has done on these two Bills, among other … Continue reading

Delay to health/tobacco control legislation

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to request one of the health Ministers to come into the House today to comment on the discrepancy in the way health-related legislation is dealt with across the two sovereign jurisdictions on either side of the Irish Sea. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Protection of the Public Interest from Tobacco Lobbying Bill

[Speaking during Second Stage of my Private Member’s Bill – Protection of the Public Interest from Tobacco Lobbying Bill 2013] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. I am delighted to have an opportunity to present this Bill this evening. I am honoured that the Minister has come to the House to deal with this legislation. I … Continue reading