There’s a protest rave happening at The Dáil this Friday, as a group of people come together to demand the eradication of special exemption orders (SEOs), an unnecessary fee that late-night venues must pay to operate until 2:30am/3am.

A peaceful rave protest under the name ‘Dance At the Dáil’ will take place at the William Plunkett statue on Kildare Street on Friday, November 3rd from 6pm to 10:30pm. The protest is advocating for the abolishment of the special exemption order (SEOs) – a €410 fee that late-night venues must pay to have a lawyer appear in court so that they can open until 2:30am/3am.

The government waived SEOs during the pandemic to help the nightime industry recover due to the extended closure during Covid. SEOs diminish activity, opportunity, and employment, and given the impact of increased operating costs and insurance premiums, it is difficult to believe that this administration should continue with this system.

Music at the protest is coming from Rory Sweeney, Nebulah, Julia Louise Knifefist, Ayolxi, Sleepless Beauty, Hello Clitty and Panda Drey.

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