Legislation that will lead to more stringent rules around the sale of alcohol, including minimum pricing and cancer warnings on alcohol products, is to go to the President to be signed into law.

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill passed the final stage in the Seanad this evening.

The controversial legislation was passed in the Dáil last week.

The bill has been before the Oireachtas since 2015 and seeks to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has welcomed the passage of the bill through the Seanad.

In a statement he said: "This legislation has been debated for over 1,000 days. It has been the subject of the most intense lobbying by the alcohol industry.

"But today it completes its passage through the Oireachtas and becomes the first time Ireland legislates for alcohol as it affects our health and it is right and proper that we do so."

The legislation will also regulate certain aspects of the advertising and marketing of alcohol.