Councillor’s calls for alcohol to be removed from shops rejected

A Sligo county councillor says he is ‘bitterly disappointed’ that a majority of his colleagues on the council have voted against his motion calling for all alcohol products be removed from shops and supermarkets.

Independent Councillor Michael Clarke’s motion also proposed training of staff to quaify them to sell alcohol.

And instead of selling alcohol in shops and supermarkets, he wants measures to revitalise the traditional Irish pub industry.

Cllr Clarke says that despite the damage caused by alcohol, it will continue to be ‘sold like milk and bread’ in every shop and supermarket in the country.

He says he had wanted to open a national debate on the entire issue of alcohol use but this will not now happen: