Publicans push to end Good Friday booze ban this year

Pints on Good Friday may be on the way
Pints on Good Friday may be on the way

A major campaign by the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) is to be launched to convince the government to end the ban on selling booze on Good Friday.

Yesterday, it was reported that Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald was leaning towards making the change in the new Sale of Alcohol Bill but as that has been delayed a separate Bill just to deal with Good Friday licensing may be introduced instead.

The LVA believe it is long overdue that booze can be sold on Good Friday.

LVA chief executive Donall O'Keeffe told the Star that the current laws are 'ludicrous' and that 2016 is the perfect year to make the change.

With hordes of tourists expected to be here for the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, the fact that Ireland are due to play Switzerland in a Euro 2016 friendly on March 25 at Aviva Stadium - Good Friday - mean that this year is perfect year to make the switch in their opinion.

"Every Good Friday we have tens of thousands of tourists wandering around Dublin, asking why they can't go in to a pub for a drink," said O'Keeffe.

"Now we are going to have up to 50,000 soccer fans facing the same problem. Not to mention the tens of thousands who will want to watch in their local pub."