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Ministers 'facilitate' tobacco lobbyists

GOVERNMENT ministers are facilitating lobby groups and businesses who are campaigning against controversial plans by the Department of Health to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes with graphic health warnings.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton both passed correspondence from members of the tobacco lobby to Health Minister James Reilly, internal records reveal.

The records, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, also show how the alcohol industry targeted government ministers in a bid to pressurize the Department of Health to row back on plans to ban alcohol sponsorship.

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