Wednesday 21 February 2018

Drink laws overhaul taking the good out of Good Friday

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John Downing

John Downing

Talk of ending partition paled into insignificance when we came up against the "real Irish question" - just where can you get a drink on Good Friday?

Now our lawmakers have come up with the answer: in any licensed premises from Malin to Mizen and from Howth to Inis Mór. They may or may not be "taking a lot of the Good out of the Friday". But, yep, our politics, like so much else in Irish life, are for better or worse suffused with the demon drink.

When senior politicians hit the rewind button and tell their favourite shaggy dog stories, over a nice pint of course, nine times out 10 there will be "drink involved".

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