Ireland's alcohol licensing laws could be changed as part of major overhaul

By Thomas Telford

The Cabinet is set to discuss overhauling Irelands archaic licensing laws in an effort to help the industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The updated laws could also make it easier for cultural institutions like theatres and galleries to get licenses to serve alcohol.

Closing times for bars and nightclubs could also be extended as well as making Sunday trading times the same as the rest of the week.

Under the current restrictions, nightclubs are not set to reopen until October 22.

Minister for State Hildegarde Naughton is set to seek Government approval on drafting the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill 2021.

Currently, some of the laws that institutions operate under date back to the 1930s. One of the laws to be repealed is the Public Dance Hall Act of 1935.

A nighttime economy task force will also be established in an effort to bring life back into Dublin city.

Nightclubs that stay open until 4am or later are the norm on the continent.

But for that to happen in Dublin, nightclubs or bars have to apply for a special exemption order from the District Court.

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