Senator calls for ‘urgent action’ on Dial-A-Drink services

by Rachel Darcy

A Fine Gael senator is calling for ‘unregulated dial a drink services’ to be prosecuted over fears they could encourage social gatherings during lockdown.

Dublin Senator Mary Seery-Kearney said anonymous services are being advertised on social media, without oversight, and are delivering alcohol to people at their place of choice.

Senator Seery-Kearney has said she believes ‘this unregulated practice could further fuel unsafe parties and social gatherings of younger people given the current climate of public health restriction’s.

The Seanad Spokesperson on Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Privacy Rights said: “This is an alarming situation that cannot continue and should be stopped with immediate effect.

“I saw some Facebook pages which were advertising alcohol sales the weekend before last and offering packs of a variety of alcohol for “late night party people.”

“The Gardai need to act with urgency to stop this occurring. We need to see prosecutions.”

Senator Seery-Kearney said that the unlicensed services can also contribute to anti-social behaviour, and is calling on the Minister for Justice to review legislation on these services.

Senator Seery-Kearney continued: “The availability of such a service by unlicensed entities, which could be contributing to the Covid numbers amongst young people, contributes to anti-social behavior in parks and public places where underage drinkers can arrange for drink to be delivered to them by these unscrupulous sellers.

“The individuals offering this service are not identified. They merely offer a mobile phone number, and they appear to bear no responsibility for the age of the people they deliver and sell the alcohol to, nor to the condition or ability to drink further of those in receipt of these deliveries.”

“I am calling on the Minister for Justice to review the law on these alcohol delivery enterprises.

“We cannot afford to have people drinking alone who may be experienced stress of mental health issues during an extended restrictions period, or indeed others who use services like this to flout restrictions.”

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