SENATOR Deirdre Clune would like to support The National Off – Licence Association in calling on the Irish Government to introduce a mandatory training programme for all retailers of alcohol in order to combat irresponsible drinking.
“After the horrendous events in Phoenix Park at the weekend where 9 were stabbed and 3 young people died it is clearer than ever that we need action to combat irresponsible drinking in Ireland.
“It is essential that the government imposes a mandatory, extensive and effective training programme for all of the individuals who are responsible for the selling of alcohol.
“Children are starting to drink at a younger age than ever before and retailers need to be equipped for this. The government has a moral obligation to ensure that people who are involved in the sale of alcohol are trained properly in this area.
“I envisage this training would include monitoring the quantity of alcohol sold, the process of confirming identification and promoting the sale of alcohol in a responsible manner.
“At the moment training for staff is totally at the discretion of the employer. In my view this needs to change in order to curb the binge drinking culture within our young people.
“There is huge potential to reduce young people’s access to alcohol and reduce the incidents of antisocial behaviour which in turn reduces the need for Gardai interaction later.”