Court rules no legal bar to late drinking on Good Friday

There is no legal bar to publicans obtaining late night license extensions allowing them to serve drinks into the early hours on Good Friday, the President of the Circuit Court, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, ruled today.


Alcohol Bill latest: ‘If you were serious about tackling the drink, start with the Dáil bars’

Latest: The debate on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has heard a call for the closures of the bars in Leinster House.


'They don't even close the pubs in the Vatican on Good Friday': Dublin publican

Latest: A publican has heralded the lifting of the Good Friday pub opening ban as putting Ireland finally on a par with the Vatican.


Seanad backs plans to remove ban on Good Friday pub opening

The Seanad has passed a Bill to pave the way for alcohol to be sold on Good Friday.


Campaigners accuse drinks industry of 'ferocious lobbying'

A coalition of campaigners has accused the drinks industry of a campaign of "ferocious lobbying" in an effort to water down measures in the Public Health Alcohol Bill.


Court ruling casts doubt on Government plan for minimum alcohol prices

The Irish Government's plan to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol suffered a setback today after a new legal ruling from the European Court of Justice.


Oireachtas proposal would see no bottle of wine sold below €10

A report due from the Oireachtas Health Committee will urge the Government to set the minimum price for a unit of alcohol.