The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill passed through the Seanad unanimously last week after amendments ensured the legislation would apply to public houses and hotels.

The bill will now move on to the Dáil where it will be debated after summer recess.

If enacted, the legislation will allow alcohol to be sold on Good Friday, ending a 90 year prohibition.

Presently sales of alcohol are not permitted and the prohibition also prevents orders for extended hours on Holy Thursday.

The lifting of the Good Friday ban will be welcomed by publicans and other businesses alike.

Most recently the ban was regarded as being unfair to tourists who travelled to Ireland for the Easter break and unsuspectingly found all pubs to be closed.

For more information on liquor licensing and/or applications for extended hours please feel free to contact me.