The campaign to modernise our alcohol licensing laws has been ongoing for many years in Ireland, we now have the chance to have our say on the matter through; The Public consultation on the Review of Alcohol Licensing.
The return of dancing into the night seems to be looming within the next few weeks and months in Ireland. The question now ponders as to how late we will be able to dance on return and in years to come, beyond the pandemic. Give Us The Night have been pressing hard for reform on late night trading hours and in recent months the campaigners have been making great developments.
We the public can now have our say on reform through, The Public consultation on the Review of Alcohol Licensing. These laws determine how late venues can operate and what kind of venues are permitted to operate within late night trading.
We urge anybody that attends nightclubs, pubs and late night venues to make a submission before this Friday as it the public consultation will have a radical impact on how we experience nightclubs and venues within Ireland in forthcoming years.
The Programme for Government commits to ‘modernising our licensing laws and application processes’ and the Justice Plan 2021 commits to reviewing and modernising alcohol licensing. In addition, the issue of outdated alcohol licensing legislation was a key challenge identified by stakeholders in the recently published report of the Night-Time Economy Taskforce.
Therefore, the Minister intends to modernise alcohol licensing laws through the Sale of Alcohol Bill. The existing laws governing sale and regulation of alcohol in Ireland have been rooted in principles of the transparent regulation and administration of licensing, the importance of public health and the maintenance of public order. These principles will underpin this reform process.
This is massively important for the future of nightlife in Ireland. Have your say about your future here.