Pubs warned about closing on Good Friday
Publicans have been warned by the competition watchdog that they cannot group together and make a decision to close on Good Friday.
Pubs are to remain closed in a number of rural towns, despite a decision to lift the ban on Good Friday opening hours.
However, under competition rules, businesses must act independently in making commercial decisions.
A spokeswoman for the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) said it was aware that pubs in some areas were planning to close on Good Friday.
"The opening hours of a pub are a matter for each publican to decide. Publicans should decide individually, and not collectively, the terms and conditions under which they are willing to provide goods or services to customers," she said.
"The CCPC reminds all publicans that under competition law they are obliged to make commercial decisions, including their opening hours for business, independently."
The CCPC has contacted the Licensed Vintners Association and the Vintners Federation of Ireland to ask them to remind members that they have obligations under competition law.
Legislation was passed in the Dail in January to amend the Intoxicating Liquor Act and end the 100-year ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday.
Sunday Indo Business