Header Item Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)
 Header Item Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members]

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 944 No. 1
Unrevised

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  5 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton]  Craft beers tend to be slightly more expensive than the traditional mass produced beers and, in a certain sense, that is what has partly led to the link with the preparation of fine foods. In Stoneybatter in Dublin, for instance, for a long number of years we have had Mulligan's, which was a standard sawdust pub. Nowadays it is largely a restaurant that specialises in serving craft beers and one that I am happy to say seems to be extremely popular. This example has been replicated in pretty much every county in Ireland. When we think of counties such as Carlow, which has many fine tourism attractions, something such as craft brewing and distilling adds an extra dimension.

I congratulate Deputy Alan Kelly again for introducing the Bill and note that what is contained in it is carefully crafted. The 6 p.m. deadline ensures that everything will be run properly. It also means that these will not become large event areas and that the type of growth provided for will be consistent with the way the industry, which is smaller in scale, has developed. Pearse Lyons and Deirdre Lyons, who have been so involved in Alltech, are much associated in terms of their origin with Dublin city centre. Their efforts in terms of restoring the old church on James's Street and promoting a wider knowledge - going back a few years - in terms of craft brewing competitions and so on have been extremely helpful. It is to be hoped that all this craft brewing will also help farmers in terms of demand for their grains. On behalf of the Labour Party, I thank the Minister of State and everyone else who has contributed to the positive tone of today's debate. We look forward to returning shortly on Committee Stage and to seeing the Bill enacted.

  Question put and agreed to.

Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016: Referral to Select Committee [Private Members]

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl As this is a Private Members' Bill, it must, under Standing Orders 84A and 141, be referred to the Select Committee on Justice and Equality.

Deputy Joan Burton: Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton I move:

That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Justice and Equality pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 141.

Question put and agreed to.

The Dáil adjourned at 5.05 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 28 March 2017.


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