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Leinster's Kane Douglas and team-mates applaud their supporters after the game

Leinster's Kane Douglas and team-mates applaud their supporters after the game

Leinster's Kane Douglas and team-mates applaud their supporters after the game

The annual drive to have the Good Friday alcohol sales ban lifted is set to rage again this year since Leinster secured a home game in the Champions Cup quarter final.

They survived a strong comeback from Wasps in Coventry on Saturday to secure a draw.

Now they are set up for a clash with Bath over the first weekend in April.

The game will most likely be played in the Aviva Stadium, but it is not yet known on which day of the Easter weekend.

It is due to attract thousands of visitors from the UK who will be generally unaware about the Good Friday drink restrictions.

The Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) is now set to lobby the Government to lift the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday in the interests of tourism.

“This is just another particularly pertinent example of why we need to trade on Good Friday. The rationale for being closed is long past,” said Donall O’Keeffe of the LVA. 

His plea is backed by the Restaurant’s Association of Ireland.

“We will be making the same call as businesses in the capital will be in for a bumper weekend,” said Adrian Cummins.

Failte Ireland said the English visitors will be a great boost for the pub and restaurant sectors.

The law that states that alcohol sales are banned on Good Friday draws annual criticism from people who claim it is outdated and that tourism suffers as a result.

MEETING

Donall O’Keeffe intends to raise the issue with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald at a meeting with her later this week.

The weekend draw with Wasps meant Leinster topped Pool 2 of the European Champions Cup.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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