Dublin Publicans are celebrating a change in the licensing laws that will allow pubs to open this Good Friday (30 March) for the first time since 1927. This allows pubs to offer their world-famous hospitality to locals and tourists who visit the capital throughout the Easter bank holiday weekend.
To mark this historic occasion the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has released a short video showing the preparations taking place.
The Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2017, which allowed this amendment to become law, passed all stages in the Dáil in January, with all-party support and has been widely welcomed with a positive public reaction.
Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA, said the decision to allow pubs to open on Good Friday was long overdue and will have a positive impact on the vibrancy and attractiveness of our capital city over the bank holiday weekend.
“The removal of this the ban puts Ireland on par with the rest of our European neighbours,” said Mr O’Keeffe. “This change is good news, not only for Dublin Pubs but also for our wider hospitality and tourism sectors, as people flock to the capital over the Easter weekend expecting the best of Irish hospitality.”
Mr O’Keeffe also acknowledged the Minister for Justice and the Government for passing the Bill in time for this good Friday and thanked Senators Billy Lawless and Gerry Horkan for their support in getting the amendment enacted.