Wednesday 19 December 2018

Poll result: readers have their say on end of Good Friday alcohol ban

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The formal end of the Good Friday Alcohol ban was announced on Thursday, ending 91 years of prohibition on that day.

Legislation passed in the Dáil on Thursday will amend the Intoxicating Liquor Act and end the ban on the sale of alcohol.

The ban will be lifted before Good Friday, which falls on March 30 this year.

The ban has been in place in Ireland since 1927 and the Dáil heard that removing it would benefit tourism.

However, the move was not met with universal approval, with Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan saying that the “alcohol debate in this country is riddled with ironies”.

“This Bill to abolish the Good Friday ban, which will give people another day on which to go into a pub or off-licence and get alcohol, will be considered alongside the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which aims to reduce the consumption of alcohol in Ireland.”

We asked readers 'Do you agree that alcohol should be sold on Good Friday?' and the response was huge.

With just one vote per device, over 6,500 votes have been made so far and while the majority agree with the sale of alcohol on Good Friday, it is closer than many would expect.

In total, 58pc of poll respondents, 3,762 out of 6,546 votes, favoured the sale of alcohol on Good Friday.

And 42pc were not in favour of the sale, 2,784, well over one third of those who took part in the poll.

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Now we will just have to wait and see just how busy the pubs will be on Good Friday.

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