Nightclubs look set to be allowed stay open later and Sunday pub opening hours will be extended under a plan by the Minister for Justice to reform the alcohol licensing laws.
The changes will form part of Government's efforts to boost the hospitality sector's recovery when the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted later this year.
The plan would also make it easier for for cultural venues such as theatres, galleries and exhibition centres to get licences.
The nightclub sector has argued that longer opening hours are essential for financial viability and to better serve tourists.
The Minister for Justice will now examine opening hours in this context.
"This is about revitalising these vital industries and preparing for life after Covid, when our cultural and hospitality sectors can flourish again," Minister Helen McEntee said.
The plan will also look at staggered and extended closing times for pubs and nightclubs.