Alcohol action group lobbies for plan

Sunday Independent, June 24

ALCOHOL Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has urged the Government to adopt a ‘Hidden Harm’ Action Plan, similar to that of Northern Ireland, following the Report of the Independent Child Death Review Group, which names alcohol as a key child welfare issue.

Referring to the fact that alcohol in the home was the second most prevalent issue after neglect in the cases of unnatural deaths, charity director Fiona Ryan said: “One in seven children currently in care in this country is there due to parental alcohol and drug problems.”