Updated: 08/04/17 : 06:59:48Printable Version
Sligo tipplers will be pleased to learn that
the Government is moving to lift the 90-year-old ban on the sale of
alcohol on Good Friday.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is expected
to signal in the coming days that she will not oppose a Bill in the
Seanad calling for the restriction to be abolished.
Government sources said this is a firm indication of a policy shift from the Minister for Justice. However
those seeking a tipple on Good Friday this year, next Friday, will have
to wait a little longer as the change is likely to come into effect for
The Irish Times
reports that it is expected
that the Government will then incorporate the proposals of the Bill,
tabled by a group of Independent Senators, into its own legislation
aiming to reform the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.The
Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 from Billy Lawless, Victor
Boyhan, Michael McDowell and Gerard Craughwell will come before the
Upper House next week.
Sources said that the policy move was
“coming at some stage” anyway as part of the upcoming reform of alcohol
laws, but acknowledged that the Government would probably be beaten on a
vote on the Independent Bill in the Seanad if it opposed it.
was also pointed out that the Bill from the Independents is primarily
aimed at pubs, whereas the Government legislation will probably be
The move is likely to be included in the Sale of Alcohol Bill, which is expected to come before the Dáil later this year.
Sale of Alcohol Bill is intended to replace the laws regulating the
“sale, supply and consumption” of alcohol with “streamlined and updated
provisions more suited to modern conditions”.“The decision at
this point is to not oppose the [Seanad] Bill, hear the arguments and
consider it under in the Sale of Alcohol Bill,” a source said.
abolition of the Good Friday ban will also be considered alongside the
Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which aims to reduce general alcohol
consumption in Ireland.
Publicans have long been campaigning for the removal of the ban introduced in 1927.
legislation provides exemptions allowing the sale of alcohol to those
attending events or travelling by sea, rail, air or ferry, at a licensed
theatre, and for hotel guests eating a meal.