Today the government announced their initiative to protect us all from the demon drink. The highlights according to the Irish Times Breaking News are available here.
The item that most interests me is the following:
The draft bill also proposes that alcohol products sold in supermarkets and convenience stores must be displayed and sold in a specified area which is structurally separated from the rest of the premises. Where separation is not possible, alcohol products must be displayed and sold from behind a counter.
With the construction industry going down the toilet, isn’t this just fine and dandy? Every single convenience store, supermarket, petrol station and corner shop that sells alcohol will now need to get the builders in to structurally remodel their premises in order that they can still sell booze.
Bonanza time for the builders!