In this second episode, the experts discuss the impact of alcohol consumption on the liver and the stakes around alcohol policy. What are the key trends in Europe around alcohol consumption and alcohol-related liver disease? How can the work of the European Parliament make society a safer place, with less alcohol use? What’s the impact of the alcohol industry on politics?




Frances Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald is a Fine Gael MEP for Dublin City and County. She is a member of the ECON (Economic & Monetary Affairs) Committee, FEMM (Women’s Rights & Gender Equality) Committee and DEVE (Development) Committee. Frances also serves as the lead coordinator for the European People’s Party on FEMM. Prior to her election to the European Parliament in the 2019 European Elections, Frances served as a Fine Gael Parliamentarian for over 20 years. She served as a Senator and T.D. in Dublin Mid-West (2007-2019) and has previously served as a Fine Gael T.D. in Dublin South East (1992-2002). She most recently served as Tánaiste (2016-17), one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation (2017); Minister for Justice & Equality (2014-17) and was the State’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (2011-14). Frances has a clear record of delivering change and reform in Ireland stemming back to her education and early career. Raised in Stillorgan, she was educated in Dominican College Sion Hill, Blackrock and the London School of Economics. She worked as a social worker and family therapist for ten years in Ballymun Child & Family Centre and in St. Ultan’s Children’s Hospital, St. James’ Hospital and the Mater Hospital. She has also worked in inner city communities in both Dublin and London.

Frank Murray

Prof. Frank Murray is Consultant Hepatologist/Gastroenterologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and EASL Policy and Public Health Committee Member. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 and trained in Dublin, Boston USA, and Nottingham, England. He was previously Consultant Gastroenterologist in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, Scotland. Prof. Frank Murray became a a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 1994, was elected to the Council in 2002, and was appointed Registrar in 2007. He was the 141st President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland from 2014-2017. Prof. Murray is also the former chair of both the Basic Specialist Training Committee and the Irish Committee on Higher Medical Training. He is a founding member of the RCPI/HSE EQUALS Initiative, a group which sources decommissioned medical equipment in Irish hospitals to send to hospitals in less developed countries and is partnering the development of Post-graduate Training in Zambia. Prof. Murray is Chairman of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol in 2102 , and Chairman of Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland in 2015. He has played a prominent national role in highlighting alcohol harm in Ireland and supported the introduction of evidence-based alcohol counter-measures, such as those in the Public health Alcohol Bill. Prof. Murray has recently been appointed Director, National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP), HSE in Dublin.

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