Ireland could lift Good Friday alcohol ban

Ireland could lift Good Friday alcohol ban”

A ban on the sale of alcohol in Ireland on Good Friday may be reversed after legislation passed all stages in the Seanad Éireann (Irish senate).

The legislation will be debated in the Dail following its summer break.

Fine Gael Senator Joe O'Reilly was the sole voice of opposition to the legislation.

The VFI would like to thank Independent Senator Billy Lawless, who proposed the Bill, as well as Michael McDowell, Victor Boyhan and Gerard Craughwell who co-sponsored it.

"It breaks a very important Irish tradition and goes against health and anti-drink strategies and policies".

He claimed "it's a bad proposition, it's wrong, it's threatening worker rights".

CEO Padraig Cribben said: "Today's vote in the Upper House means the archaic law is coming to an end". He respected the traditional faith practised in Ireland but said "both trade and our customers will still have the option not to open or not to drink if they choose".

He argued: "Currently an 18-year-old with €10 can buy 10 cans of beer on Holy Thursday to keep for the next day, but cannot walk into a pub [where they] might only buy two to three pints for the same money".

He added: "In my mind the passage of today's bill is another progressive step in Ireland's long journey in the separation of church and State".

Keeping pubs closed on Good Friday actively incentivises binge drinking where people gather all day, fuelling with alcohol in an uncontrolled environment.
Alcohol is then consumed in homes in the presence of young children.

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