The delivery of alcohol has become a growing problem across the country in recent months since the beginning of the pandemic.
There is now a call to close all loopholes that allow for the illegal delivery of alcohol , which often is brought to those underage or those isolated and vulnerable and takes from the legitimate businesses that are trying to operate takeaway drink services.
Speaking ahead of an event last week where groups locally met with the Minister for Justice and local TDs and representatives, Jim Mullery, Chairperson of the North East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force said:
“We are particularly worried that unregulated 24 hour dial-a-drink services, which are advertised online, are increasing in popularity. These services can cause great harm to those who are alcohol dependent, and we have been particularly worried about the increase in these services during the pandemic. It is also impossible for a retailer to accurately verify the age of a purchaser, online or over the phone, creating opportunities for those underage to source alcohol.
Paula Leonard, from the Alcohol Forum, National Community Action on Alcohol Programme Lead, spoke to Sheila Naughton about the issues and what needs to happen next: