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Public Health (Alcohol) Bill vital in fight to combat impact of alcohol on mental health of Ireland’s youth

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 21:15

Youth Council welcomes statement from Minister McEntee in support of Bill

Business interests must not trump wellbeing of our young people, says Council

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – which represents organisations working with over 380,000 young people nationwide – has welcomed a statement by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, earlier this week (on 15.03.17) reiterating her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and highlighting the impact alcohol is having on the mental health of young people in Ireland.

Mary Cunningham, Director of the NYCI and a member of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health said:  “The facts around alcohol harm are chilling. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for example, alcohol is a contributory factor in half of all suicides. And we know that suicide is the leading cause of death here among young Irish men aged 15 to 24.

“This legislation aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals, families and society, with a particular focus on protecting children and young people from alcohol harm. It is vital that it passes and that we do not let business interests prevail at the cost of our young people’s wellbeing.”

The statements came on foot of a meeting of the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health, chaired by Minster McEntee, at which concern at the impact of alcohol on the mental health of Ireland’s young people was discussed.


For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email


Notes to Editors:

National Youth Council of Ireland

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.