Nightclubs will be able to operate until 6am under new proposals being drafted today. Pubs are set to he allowed to serve until 12:30am 7 days a week, while nightclubs will be allowed to stay open till 6am.

New licensing laws that are due to be signed off today will mean nightclubs will have the right to stay open until 6am. Nightclubs are currently obliged to close by 2.30am but the industry and Give Us The Night have been pressing for licensing reform to bring Ireland’s night-time economy and culture up to standard with our European counterparts.

Venues that wish to stay open until 6am will have to apply for a licence and will be obliged to stop serving alcohol by 5am. Objections from applicants will be allowed from fire authorities, local councils, the HSE, An Garda Síochána and local communities.

Only a few larger clubs are anticipated to seek for the restricted number of 6am licenses that will be available, according to the Department of Justice.

Additionally, pubs will be allowed to stay open a little bit later during the weekdays, currently they can do so from Monday through Friday until 11.30 p.m. They will now be permitted to conduct business between 10.30 and 12.30 every day.

Helen McEntee, the minister of justice, anticipates that the law will be approved by the Oireachtas in 2023.

Thanks to Give Us The Night for their continuous hard work on pushing for licensing reform in Ireland. Without the teams dedication we would not be on the cusp of new beginnings for our night-time economy and club culture.

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