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Annual Action Plan

The Galway City Alcohol Forum will develop a yearly action plan to achieve the long-term outcomes of the strategy. In addition, an update on progress made will be completed for each year. This annual review, in advance of each yearly plan, will enable us to adapt the plan to reflect developments and changes in the local or national context. This will also ensure energy and momentum for the implementation of this strategy.


Many individuals and a range of public, voluntary and statutory agencies have contributed to the combined actions contained within this strategy.  Partners, groups and organisations have also committed to being involved in specific actions. All actions endeavour to be city-wide and involving a range of partners. Key partners include An Garda Síochána, Galway City Council, HSE West, Western Region Drugs Task Force, the Education Sector and community and voluntary groups. Information on those involved in implementing each proposed action are available at – www.galwayalcoholstrategy.ie.

A: Prevention – 2013 Action Plan

Aim: To communicate and engage with policy makers, stakeholders and the general public on how best to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Public Awareness

Develop and implement an annual multimedia plan about the strategy
Develop Galway City Alcohol Strategy website – www.galwayalcoholstrategy.ie
Gather and communicate information on the following:
  • link between alcohol and cancer
  • impact of harmful use of alcohol on families 
  • effective actions to prevent and reduce alcohol related harm
  • local regulations in relation to alcohol
  • how to influence policy and seek to address concerns relating to alcohol related harm

Policy Development

Deliver two development workshops targeting community , voluntary and sporting organisations
Identify where links can be developed between this strategy and other City policies

Support Alcohol Free events

Map recreational options that are alcohol free

B: Supply, Access and Availability - 2013 Action Plan

Aim: To ensure that key factors influencing alcohol supply such as price, availability and marketing are regulated and controlled to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City

Alcohol Price

Advocate for minimum pricing at national level with support from local and national agencies, TDs and Councillors

Alcohol Availability

Map number, type and density of outlets selling alcohol in Galway City
Engage with two festivals in Galway City in implementing the Festival Care Guidelines
Collate information on the process for granting and renewal of alcohol licenses
Reduce the availability of alcohol at specific festivals/events e.g. St Patrick’s Day

Alcohol Marketing

Log local alcohol marketing practices in public spaces in Galway City
Log local alcohol marketing practices in relation to sports sponsorship in Galway City

Enforcement of Legislation

Support enforcement of alcohol by An Garda Síochána in relation to
  • not selling alcohol to minors
  • venue closing hours
  • drink driving 

C: Screening, Treatment and Support Services - 2013 Action Plan

Aim: To provide a range of services and supports to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm

Screening, Treatment and Support Services

Gather and provide information on available options for alcohol treatment in Galway City
Gather and provide information on services for young people affected by alcohol
Pilot a screening and brief advice process within the health sector in Galway City
Provide a training workshop for those working with family members affected by another’s drinking
Promote awareness for family members affected by another’s drinking of family support groups in Galway City

D: Research, Monitoring and Evaluation - 2013 Action Plan

Aim: To use information and research in decision making to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm in Galway City


Continue to examine current research on effective action in preventing and reducing alcohol-related harm
Involve young people in research on alcohol marketing practices

Monitoring/ Evaluation

Gather baseline information to track success of this strategy
Develop a system to monitor implementation of the strategy
Produce annual review of strategy for 2013