Pubs to open on Good Friday after Dáil approval
The Dáil have passed legislation to allow pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday. The legislation will now go to the President to be signed into law.
An amendment to the Intoxicating Liquor Act was introduced by a number of independent Senators and was tabled in the Dáil.
Introducing the bill, Minister of State David Stanton said removing the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday would help Irish tourism.
“Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period”
Fianna Fáil’s Jim O’Callaghan told the Dáil a prohibition on selling alcohol on St Patrick’s Day was removed in the 1960s because it affected tourism.
Mr O’Callaghan said people often found ways of circumventing the ban.
He said: “It used to be the case that people would go to the dog show where you could buy alcohol and get a drink on Good Friday.
Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the ban was an anomaly that should be removed, However, cautioned against removing a ban on the sale of alcohol on Christmas Day for the sake of workers.
Opposing the removal of the ban, Independent TD Maureen O’Sullivan said the bill was in conflict with a policy of attempting to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath also said he would be opposing the change, claiming publicans had told him that Good Friday was a day when they performed renovations in their premises or took a day’s rest.