Hat tip to Smoking Lamp for this:
Smoking ban to be extended to outdoor areas where food served
Fine Gael Senators have called on the Minister for Health to change legislation
The Government is to extend the ban on smoking where food is served to include outdoor areas.
Fine Gael Senators have tabled a private members motion calling on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to change legislation or issue directions via a statutory instrument to address the gap in current legislation.
Mr Harris is to ask for Cabinet approval at Tuesday’s meeting to accept the proposal.
The initiative was spearheaded by former minister for health James Reilly, who has said it should no longer be acceptable for people to smoke where others are eating.
An unintended consequence of the smoking ban has been the prevalence of smokers in the outdoor areas of bars, cafés and restaurants, Mr Reilly said.
“This means that nobody can enjoy a meal outdoors on a sunny day in this country, without having to inhale other people’s smoke.
“Anyone spending their hard-earned money in a restaurant or café should be entitled to enjoy their meal in a smoke-free environment.”
Ireland has set a target of being tobacco free by 2025. Currently smoking is prohibited in the workplace as well as restaurants, bars, education facilities and public transport.
The ban was recently extended to smoking in cars where young children are present.
So, having been driven out of Ireland’s pubs, smokers are now going to be driven out of its pub gardens too.
The only people being considered here are antismokers who can’t stand the faintest whiff of tobacco smoke. Smokers get zero consideration.
And from the headline, it would seem that it’s pretty much a done deal. All the Fine Gael senators need do is ask, and the current legislation will be extended to block the current ‘loophole’.
And if Ireland is to be “tobacco free” by 2025, I can only suppose that the sale and use of tobacco anywhere by anyone will be have been banned sometime in the next 7 years.
Gráinne O’Reilly, Smoky Drinky Bar regular, who lives in Ireland, is not going to like this one bit. She’s just opened a new restaurant, and this legislation might well kill it.
Who voted for these Fine Gael senators? Nobody, it would seem:
Unlike Dáil Éireann, it [the Senate] is not directly elected but consists of a mixture of members chosen by various methods. Its powers are much weaker than those of the Dáil and it can only delay laws with which it disagrees, rather than veto them outright.
Fine Gael currently number 19 out of a total of 60 senators
The current Taoiseach is Enda Kelly of Fine Gael, which is a minority party in the Dáil:
An agreement was finally reached for a Fine Gael-led minority government on 29 April, 63 days after the  election, and the Dáil formally re-elected Kenny as Taoiseach on 6 May. Kenny is the first Taoiseach from Fine Gael to win re-election.
Reilly has called the tobacco industry “evil”, claimed that they “target our children” and declared “war” on them. Both his father and brother died from smoking related illnesses. He received cabinet approval to aim to make Ireland a tobacco free country – defined as a smoking rate below 5% – by 2025. Ireland became the second country in the world to commit to introducing plain tobacco packaging. He has taken a defiant attitude to threats of legal action from the tobacco industry. During the Irish Presidency of the European Union, Reilly prioritised the Tobacco Products Directive. He secured the agreement of the European Council within just six months. Health Commissioner Tonio Borg praised his ability in securing this agreement. When the Tobacco Directive’s future became doubtful because of tobacco industry lobbying in the European Parliament, Reilly arranged for letters supporting the directive to be sent to MEPs from himself, the Taoiseach, 16 European Health ministers and the World Health Organisation. In an unusual move in Irish politics, Reilly accepted a Bill proposed by independent Senators which aims to ban smoking in cars where children are present.
Grandad doesn’t like it at all.