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Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint of Guinness in Slattery’s Bar on Capel Street in Dublin as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland in July. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint of Guinness in Slattery’s Bar on Capel Street in Dublin as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland in July. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Jimmy Nooks enjoys a pint of Guinness in Slattery’s Bar on Capel Street in Dublin as indoor dining in pubs and restaurants reopened across Ireland in July. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA

Publicans and representatives of the live events sector will seek clarity on the new ticketing system for live events and nightclubs at meetings with Government officials this morning .

The Government has come under fire for mixed messaging around a new system for ticketed events, with vintners’ groups saying that they were told by officials in meetings last week that tickets will be needed for late bars.

Government officials from the Departments of Culture and Enterprise will go through the new ticketing system and the latest regulations with the groups today so that live venues and nightclubs will be able to implement them later this week.

While the new ticketing system, which will be primarily digital, was not in operation last weekend, it is intended that it will be introduced later this week.

The Government hopes the tickets will allow the sector to reopen safely and to stick to the advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) that sectors which had been closed until recently can reopen but with “precautionary measures”.

Pádraig Cribben of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFA) said “absolute clarity” is needed around how the ticketing system will work and who it will apply to.

“What we really have to tease out is the situation in relation to late bars, because they’re different to a nightclub,” he said.

It is expected that the new ticketing system regulations will be published by the Government on Thursday.

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“Until you know exactly what is required in the ticketing and until you see the regulations... if you don’t get [the regulations] until Thursday and you try to put a system in place, it’ll be difficult enough to have it for the weekend,” said Mr Cribben.

“You could be putting something in place but then you find out that it doesn’t comply with the regulation.”

“It’s difficult to put it in until you have absolute clarity,” he added.

A spokesperson for the Licensed Vintners Association said there was still “significant uncertainty” about how the system would work exactly.


“Hopefully there will be a common sense approach adopted which delivers practical solutions, along with a consistency of position which allows for the substantive anomalies to be addressed,” they said.

“There remains significant uncertainty around the upcoming regulations, which the sector operated without last weekend.”

Nightclubs were able to reopen last weekend without patrons having to have tickets.

However this will not be the case this weekend.

Tickets will apply to live venues and nightclubs but late bars will also have to put in place a ticketing system if they are to allow bar patrons to dance.

Pubs with live music will not need tickets – unless dancing is permitted.


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