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Green Party Councillor calls for smoking ban in outdoor dining areas

Wicklow Green Party Councillor Erika Doyle has called for a smoking ban on all outdoor dining areas across the country.

Speaking with Newstalk on Monday, Doyle said she expected feedback to the suggestion to be negative. However, she said the majority of feedback she has so far received has been positive.

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Doyle took to Twitter after her experience outdoor dining at the weekend.

“We were sitting there having a lovely meal, the sun was out, and it was a really nice atmosphere in an enclosed outdoor dining area,” she said.

“Suddenly, somebody lit a cigarette and straight away, the whole atmosphere changed. It was really unpleasant.”

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The Councillor said the “days of outside being a smoking area are gone”.

“This morning the tweet had over 11,000 likes and hundreds and hundreds of comments and retweets,” she continued.

“It certainly wasn’t me or my profile, it was the conversation subject matter.”

“The vast, vast majority of people were in support of it.”

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