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Government plans liberal Nightlife

Major changes to alcohol licensing laws will be discussed by the Cabinet, including making it easier for cultural venues such as theatres, galleries and exhibition spaces to getnightclub licences.
Staggered and extended closing times for bars and possibly nightclubs are under consideration as well as bringing Sunday trading times into line with the rest of the week.
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will seek Government approval to draft the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill 2021.
It follows on from the commitment given by Minister Helen McEntee in the Justice Plan 2021 to reform the licensing laws.
Minister for Arts and Tourism Catherine Martin will also bring a report to Cabinet on the night-time economy.
It is aiming to bring more venues into late night use by linking promoters and artists with existing spaces.

 

It is expected to propose extended opening hours in the national cultural institutions.
Night-Time Economy Committees will be established in six cities and towns across the country.
The report also addresses how the electronic music and nightclub sector is an integral part of the night-time economy and culture.
The taskforce report wants to encourage the dance and electronic music sectors which have felt excluded from the arts and culture environment.
Supports for venues such as cafes and clubs to stay open later for culture or live events from Monday to Thursday are also set to be examined.
There is a possibility too that planning codes could be changed to allow empty buildings be used for events.

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