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Ireland's drink industry could add 13,000 jobs over 15 years

Ireland's drink industry could add 13,000 jobs over 15 years

Surely there could only be one venue for the area committee meetings?

Surely there could only be one venue for the area committee meetings?

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Ireland's drink industry could add 13,000 jobs over 15 years

In 1924, Ireland had one pub for every 200 people, twice the ratio of England. The new Irish Free State parliament was debating keeping Good Friday and St Patrick's Day dry, as well as closing pubs during "the hours of Divine Service" on Sunday mornings.

Were the new regulations aimed at keeping public order? No. Justice Minister Kevin O'Higgins made clear that: "They were not inserted from that angle at all, but rather as an attempt to interpret the collective mind or wish of the people concerning matters that are partly religious and partly sentimental."


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