Senator wants to ban chippers and takeaways from being within 500m of schools

Goodbye Mr Chips?
Goodbye Mr Chips?

A Fine Gael Senator wants to ban chippers and takeaways from opening within half a kilometre of schools.

Noone, who will be a candidate for Fine Gael in Dublin West in the upcoming election, wants all the Dublin councils to put some new planning rules in place, creating so-called 'no-fry zones' near the country's schools.

She says on her website: “Dublin City Council is currently preparing the new City Development Plan 2016 – 2022. This plan will set out the future development of our city over the next six years and is now open for submissions.

“I believe that in this Development plan there is scope to include some form of ‘no fry zone’ policy within the environs of Dublin City. However I believe we need to go one step further and implement this policy in Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils also.

“There is a clear imperative to limit access to unhealthy fast foods for children. A quarter of 11-year-olds are now clinically obese. We are facing an obesity time bomb, which I have spoken about on many previous occasions.

“A study of Irish childhood obesity recently revealed that children who are obese have an 82% chance of remaining so into adulthood, compared with just 15% of children with a normal weight in childhood. I believe we need to do everything possible to stop that, and this is one such tool we can use”.

The plan would not force existing takeaways to close but it would prevent new ones from opening.

Earlier this year the Irish Heart Foundation called for 'no-fry zones' within 1km of schools.