Friday 9 December 2016

Publicans want to have their cake and eat it too during religious holidays

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

Tourists outside a pub in Temple Bar on Good Friday last year. Irish vintners are campaigning to have the holy day turned into a normal trading day.
Tourists outside a pub in Temple Bar on Good Friday last year. Irish vintners are campaigning to have the holy day turned into a normal trading day.

In the years after independence, Ireland did its utmost to remove every visible trace of British rule from the land. For the last few decades, and with growing intensity over the last few years, we have been doing the same to our Christian heritage. The latest target is the restriction on alcohol sales on Good Friday.

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This has long been a bugbear for restaurateurs and publicans, and for understandable reasons. It gets in the way of their making money on that day.

Mindful of the upcoming election, the vintners have called on the Government to make Good Friday a normal trading day for them.

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