Today, 25th January, publicans are celebrating a change in the licensing laws that will end the 90 year old ban on alcohol sales in pubs on Good Friday.
Now that the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2017 has passed all stages in the Dáil its effects will be enacted in time for this year’s Good Friday, on 30th March. The ban, which publican representative groups had been vocal against in recent years, has been described as discriminatory and news of its official end have been most welcome.
Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI), thanked Independent Senator Billy Lawless, who proposed the Bill. Cribben said that “along with the LVA [Licensed Vintners Association] we have been fighting to overturn this archaic law for the past decade.”
“Today’s decision would not have been possible without the tireless work of Senator Billy Lawless and former Senator Imelda Henry,” he added.
Mr Cribben also paid tribute to Michael McDowell, Victor Boyhan and Gerard Craughwell who co-sponsored the Bill in the Seanad. Senator Gerry Horkan also provided invaluable assistance with the Bill.
According to Chief Executive of the LVA, Donall O’Keeffe, this was a long overdue decision. “Removing the ban is simple common sense,” he said.
“The large number of tourists visiting Ireland at Easter were confused by a law that made Ireland appear out of touch with the with the rest of our European neighbours”, he added.
It is expected that the extra day at such a busy time of the year brings a welcome boost to the industry. You can join the conversation about this news on Twitter using the hashtag #AboutTime.
More information: vfipubs.ie