CEO Statement On Incidents Linked To MTV Concert

CEO Statement On Incidents Linked To MTV Concert

12 September 2016

After the incidents linked to MTV concert in Derry/Londonderry at the weekend, Hospitality Ulster CEO Colin Neill said:

“We are gravely concerned at the news that some concert goers as young as 13 were hospitalised with alcohol related issues after the MTV concert in Derry/Londonderry at the weekend. Although a number of patients were admitted for assault and drug related issues also, we must ask some serious questions of where those individuals under the age of 18 purchased their alcohol from.”

“We need to ensure that alcohol cannot be purchased by, or for, those who are underage, and that cheap drink which is sold below cost price is inaccessible to those it is likely to cause most harm.”

“We reiterate our call for the Assembly to support and bring forward a minimum price per unit for alcohol in the upcoming liquor licensing bill so that serious incidents like this become less frequent.”