In an attempt to avoid the government’s “massive failure” to deal with off-licence sales last Christmas, Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has called for curbs on alcohol sales ahead of St Patrick’s Day.
O’Donovan stated that the government didn’t deal with alcohol sales last Christmas and suggested that alcohol sale times along with the volume of alcohol that was on sale needed to be addressed to which he received criticism for.
As the Covid-19 cases rose quite significantly after Christmas, O’Donoivan is now reiterating the idea of curbing alcohol sales ahead of St Patrick’s Day.
Public health officials have warned against people socialising on St Patrick’s Day that could breach current public health rules.
O’Donovan urged people to “drown the shamrock” with water instead of alcohol as it was too risky to sell alcohol during protests as well as the fact that it would encourage people to socialise in large gatherings.