Donegal shop owner challenges new tobacco display laws

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A Donegal Town retailer is to launch a legal bid to overturn the ban on the display of tobacco products in shops.

The ban on displaying tobacco products in shops came into effect on 1 July.

Maurice Timoney said the ban severely restricts his ability to provide trade and services and therefore violates Irish constitutional and EU law.

Mr Timoney, of Timoney News in Donegal Town, is taking the action alongside tobacco company Philip Morris.

Spokesperson for Philip Morris Limited Anne Edwards says the non display of cigarettes in shops will have little effect on those who want to purchase them - particularly children.