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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Taoiseach defends new ticketing plan for nightclubs

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has defended the new system for nightclubs which will require customers to buy tickets in order to gain access to venues to which he said “can be done very easily”.

Martin said that the “The virus is dictating this,” and “Not the Government. The Government doesn’t want to be putting restrictions on people but we have to respond to the virus as it manifests itself.”

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Industry representatives have expressed their opposition to the new system, saying that it is a “total betrayal” and “completely unmanageable”.

Government officials have told representatives of the sector that all events and nightclubs must be ticketed by next week.

Officials stated that the system exists for the purposes of contact tracing and that regulations are being drafted to give effect to the decision.

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Martin criticised political opposition to the system, stating that it was similar to when Digital Covid Certs were introduced to which he said “all hell broke loose” upon hearing this decision.

Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) chief Donall O’Keefe stated, “It is a disaster for late bars, nightclubs and musicians. It simply won’t be possible to put such a system in place. It contradicts the very nature of social activity in Ireland. Do they know anything about the late-night economy?”

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