REFORMS to Ireland’s alcohol licensing laws look set to allow nightclubs to stay open longer.
Under new plans, Sunday pub opening hours could be extended.
The moves are part of a plan to give the hospitality sector a boost post-Covid.
The Minister for Justice is to examine opening hours.
“This is about revitalising these vital industries and preparing for life after Covid, when our cultural and hospitality sectors can flourish again,” Minister Helen McEntee said.
The overhaul would also make it easier for cultural venues such as theatres to sell alcohol.
McEntee said: “Our pub, hospitality and cultural sectors are an intrinsic part of our social fabric but have been hardest hit by the pandemic, with many not opening their doors for a year.
“As part of my plan to build a justice system that works for everyone, I want to help and support these businesses as they get back on their feet.
“But, as we plan how our economy and society will look after the pandemic, I also believe we need to broaden the range of cultural offerings available in the night-time economy.”Tags: