Ireland to lift Good Friday alcohol ban

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  1. Sarah

    Sarah Super Moderator Staff Member Original Member Since 1998

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    The South of Ireland that is, not the North, naturally :fp:


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42818417

    Pubs will be allowed to sell alcohol on Good Friday in the Republic of Ireland after the Irish parliament voted in favour of new legislation.

    Alcohol prohibition on the Easter holiday has been in place for 90 years.

    The amendment to the Intoxicating Liquor Act is expected to be signed off by President Michael D Higgins and in place for Good Friday this year.

    Government minister David Stanton said the move would be a boost for Irish tourism.

    "Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period," he told the Dáil.

    However, some parliament members opposed the law change.

    'Progressive step'
    Independent TD (Irish member of parliament) Maureen O'Sullivan said the bill went against the government's policy of trying to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

    "Are we saying that the only tourists we want are those who can't last 24 hours without buying a drink in a public house." she said.

    "With this bill what message are we sending out? I actually think we could do with a few Good Friday's throughout the year."

    Last year, the amendment to change the law was passed in the Seanad Éireann (Irish senate).

    The amendment was introduced by independent Senator Billy Lawless, who said the passage of the legislation was "a progressive step" towards "a separation of church and state".

    The Republic is not the only country with restrictive laws around the sale of alcohol over Easter.

    In Northern Ireland, pubs must comply with restricted opening hours from the Thursday before Easter until Easter Sunday.

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  2. Angela Channing

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    I'm not going to be popular saying this but I think it's kind of sad that people are less willing to observe one of the most religious days in the Christian calendar. I'm old enough to remember when all shops and pubs were closed on Good Friday in England and people managed just fine. It is after all only one day.
     
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    Not at all @Angela Channing - I just don't understand the alcohol ban at all. Jesus drank wine.
     
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    I don't understand why specifically alcohol is banned but I think it would be great if just for a few days each year people do not have the distraction of retail and commercialisation and spend time with their families and friends. It seems like Christmas is now the only public holiday that is observed because on every other one all the shops, bars and places of entertainment still open. People that work in retail can no longer spend public holidays with their families and friends because for them it is just another working day.
     
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    I totally agree. Also Christmas isn't a happy time for everyone, but the over commercialisation and shoving it down people's throats should be considered.
     

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