Thursday 29 September 2016

Councils set to regulate the opening of pubs and clubs

Published 09/01/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Planning Minister Paudie Coffey have agreed the measure amid concerns about the
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Planning Minister Paudie Coffey have agreed the measure amid concerns about the "proliferation" of new licensed premises in certain urban areas. Photo: Damien Eagers

City and county councils are to be given new powers to regulate the opening of pubs, off-licences and nightclubs.

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Local authorities will be able to include stricter rules surrounding licensed premises in their county and city development plans. Devising a local development plan is the responsibility of councillors.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Planning Minister Paudie Coffey have agreed the measure amid concerns about the "proliferation" of new licensed premises in certain urban areas.

"Pubs, off-licences and nightclubs are a normal feature of any town or city in Ireland," Ms Fitzgerald said.

"However, in some towns and cities we are seeing an unsustainable proliferation of off- licenses along single streets or in historic or tourist areas. This is leading to concerns about the attractiveness and commercial vitality of these areas as well as prompting fears regarding drinking in public places and public order," the Dublin Mid-West TD added.

Irish Independent

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