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Dublin publicans welcome amendment to Intoxicating Liquor Bill

Amendment would end Good Friday drink ban

The Licensed Vintners Association, which represents Dublin publicans, has welcomed the introduction of an amendment to the Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2017 by Independent Senator Billy Lawless.

The amendment, co-sponsored by Senators Michael McDowell, Victor Boyhan and Gerard Craughwell, calls for the lifting of the current ban on all licensed premises to sell alcohol on Good Friday.

The CEO of the LVA, Donall O’Keeffe said the lifting of the ban was long overdue as there was no case for the licensed trade to be treated differently to other retail businesses.

“We commend the senators for their support. This is a commonsense move which the LVA has been supporting for many years. We’re calling on the Government to facilitate the quick passage of this amendment so that on April 14 this year we can consign this archaic law to history, which is where it belongs.”

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