The voluntary code of practice for alcohol retailing in Ireland’s stores and supermarkets is to be backed by law under new parliamentary legislation set to be introduced. While non-compliance with the code will not be made illegal under the new legislation – it will provide grounds for objections and the threat of non-renewal of licences. The legislation was present to Ireland’s parliament last week. The code was agreed last year by the Republic’s major retailers in a bid to stave off further legislation. Under the agreed code alcohol must be stocked in a separate area from groceries and such like – and window displays of special offers are banned. A new body, Responsible Retailing of Alcohol in Ireland was established to police the code.