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Major changes to alcohol licensing laws to be considered by Cabinet

The Cabinet are to discuss major changes to alcohol licensing laws, some of the changes include making it easier for cultural venues such as theatres, galleries and exhibition spaces to get licenses.

Other considerations include staggered and extended closing times for bars and possibly nightclubs.

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Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will be seeking government approval to draft the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill 2021.

Minister for Arts and Tourism Catherine Martin will also be bringing a report to Cabinet on the Night-Time Economy, which will aim to bring more venues into late-night use by linking promoters and artists with existing spaces.

Extended opening hours will be proposed in national cultural institutions, and Night-Time Economy Committees are to be established in six cities across the country.

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The report also stresses the importance of the electronic music and nightclub sector in regards to it being an integral part of the night-time economy and cultural environment.

Extended opening times for venues such as cafés and clubs for cultural and live events will also be examined.

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