A public consultation that has been gathering opinions from stakeholders and the public in relation to modernising alcohol licensing laws has been launched.
Members of the public will be asked to submit their views on updating existing laws which include the extension of opening times for nightclubs and bars.
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, who launched the consultation, said that Ireland’s laws were a necessary step in preparing for life post-pandemic.
Highlighting that the hospitality industry has been the worst-affected sector during the pandemic, McEntee stated, “Our pubs, restaurants and nightclubs have experienced huge challenges as we continue to grapple with Covid and the devastating effect it has had on our society and economy”.
The consultation is aimed at updating current laws on the sale and regulation of alcohol.
Among the reforms is the possible extension of trading hours for nightclubs and bars and the regulation of online and delivery sales.
McEntee stressed her commitment to introducing the new laws which “reflect the changing expectations and lifestyles of 21st century Ireland”.
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