Catherine Noone, a Dublin Senator and Fine Gael candidate for Dublin West, called on the four Dublin Councils yesterday to adopt a ‘no fry zone’ of 500m around schools and playgrounds.
While it is understood that current takeaways would not be affected, the move would prohibit any new fast food outlets from opening beside any schools and playgrounds.
Senator Noone hopes that this ban would be implemented in Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Councils.
A study of Irish childhood obesity recently revealed that children who are obese have an 82% chance of remaining so into adulthood, compared with just 15% of children with a normal weight in childhood. I believe we need to do everything possible to stop that, and this is one such tool we can use.
Senator Catherine Noone's Website
With a spiralling obesity problem in Ireland and a chipper on almost every street corner in Dublin, could this initiative help solve the issue?