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Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan (Picture: Gerry Mooney)

Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan (Picture: Gerry Mooney)

Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan (Picture: Gerry Mooney)

Don’t ban takeaway drinks, enforce the law; is the call to arms from Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan. 

The Dublin politician was responding to the Taoiseach’s decision to consider banning the sale of takeaway alcoholic drinks, which are available all over Ireland.

His decision was made on the back of social media footage showing an on-street party in Dublin over the weekend.

The Department of Health is expected to draw up the regulations to control on-street booze consumption.

But Senator Moynihan is adamant that this is an issue that can be solved with enforcement and not legislation.

And she insists that public policy shouldn't change off the back of a viral video on Twitter.

"The idea that on a Monday we say that because something was posted on Twitter on Sunday that we suddenly ban takeaway pints, I think it's a really, really bad idea,” she told FM104.

"Are we going to stop things like mulled wine being served out of there? Are we going to stop things like hot whiskeys being served?

"The question is if you have large numbers of people that are gathering on the street for a prolonged period of time.

"That's an enforcement issue for gardaí and I think they need to be looking at that first of all.

"One of the reasons that people are attracted to somewhere like South William Street or Castle Market is that it's pedestrianized.

"We need to make sure that if we're going to get through this winter, we're making it more friendly for people to meet in safe environments outside."

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