Good Friday Alcohol Sale Ban To Be Lifted
The 90-year old restriction on the sale of alcohol in pubs in Ireland will be lifted from this coming Good Friday, which falls on the 30 March, 2018.
An amendment to the Intoxicating liquor Act introduced by a number of independent Senators was tabled in the Dáil, reports RTE.ie.
The Dáil has passed legislation, will will now go to the President, and will be signed into law.
Introducing the bill, Minister of State David Stanton said removing the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday would help Irish tourism.
"Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period.
"In addition changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice.
"Taking all these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions," he said.
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