We could be on the brink of history in terms of club culture in Ireland right now but let’s not celebrate too quickly, although the conversation around licensing is positive as of now.

Arts Minister Catherine Martin said she was in favour of nightspots staying open that late and said the option “should definitely be there” when asked about new closing times.

The night-time taskforce was set up on the 30 th of July 2020 and last night we finally saw the taskforce come to fruition as they voiced their aims. The Taskforce will consult with relevant sectors and interested parties who have a significant role in the night-time economy to ensure that all views and ideas are considered.

The taskforce aims to reimagine, revitalise and introduce new life into Irelands nightlife and night business.

Catherine Martin was asked about opening until 6am and in response she said “Yes, why not? I think that opportunity should be there. As I’ve said, it’s breathing new life in and new opportunities for this sector.” She also added she would like to see reforms “As soon as possible”.

Ms Martin said: “Ireland’s nightlife is an important sector, contributing to our economy and our cultural and creative communities. We must protect, support and sustain it – particularly as we begin to emerge out of this pandemic and start to think about how and where we socialise and plan our city and town centres.”

“This announcement today sets out to reignite our night-time culture and economies, putting Ireland on a par with other European cities, which thrive after dark.”

“It is about opening doors for our creative communities, turning the lights on in empty buildings, easing licensing restrictions and costs for venues and above all offering audiences and patrons exciting new nightlife options.”

These type of conversations are extremely positive and as we approach the return of live music, this is giving the night-time industry massive hope for changes going forward.

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