Minister for Health Simon Harris has made new proposals on restricting the display of alcohols in small business.

Previous proposals were criticised by many within Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil as having a negative impact on small businesses.

There were concerns that the passage of the bill, which also aims to end below-cost selling of alcohol and place restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship, would be threatened as a result of the opposition to the issue.

Minister Harris is proposing that all shops will have a choice of three options for the display and sale of alcohol products.

They can decide on separate alcohol products from all other grocery products behind a non see-through barrier of at least 1.2 metres in height.

Shop owners could also opt to put alcohol in standalone cabinets where the alcohol is not visible up to a height of 1.5m.

Alternatively, they could have a maximum of three normal units or bays for the display and sale of alcohol products.

Senator Frances Black has called the new proposals "sickening" and said the proposals were the direct result of lobbying by the industry.