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Supermac's Boss Slams Government Plan For Take-Away Free Zones

Published on Mar 21 2014 4:07 PM in Restaurant

Supermac's Boss Slams Government Plan For Take-Away Free Zones

Supermac's owner Pat McDonagh has hit out against Government proposals to establish exclusion zones for new fast-food outlets around schools and playgrounds.

Speaking on Galway Bay FM, McDonagh insisted that any ban would have to extend itself to cover pubs and sweet shops also. 

"If you continue on that train of thought then after another while they'll have to ban confectionery shops from the vicinities of schools and they'll have to obviously ban pubs from the vicinities of schools and even patisseries or coffee shops because if people indulge in too much of whatever it is, then is that the next move to ban all these things from the vicinity of schools?" said McDonagh.

"I think in a way fast food is an easy target for the Government, there are a lot of bigger issues out there that need to be dealt with and need to be dealt with urgently," he told the radio station.

The Galway native was also vocal in his claim that many schools have canteens which may serve food with as high a calorie count as fast food.

"In a lot of cases especially in secondary schools they all have their own canteen and therefore they're not allowed out at lunchtime in a lot of cases. [This proposal] doesn't make sense. In a lot of cases sandwiches are equally as calorie driving as maybe the quick service foods," he said.

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