New licensing legislation will allow bars in Ireland to serve alcohol until 12.30am every night of the week.
Under the new law, nightclubs will be permitted to remain open until 6 a.m., with the last call at 5 a.m.
Monday through Thursday, pubs are obligated by law to stop serving alcohol at 11:30 p.m. This is extended until 12.30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Pubs will be authorized to be open from 10.30 a.m. until 12.30 a.m., Monday through Sunday, as a result of the significant revisions made to licensing legislation.
Monday, the Justice Minister of Ireland, Helen McEntee, will present the proposed revisions to the cabinet in an effort to overhaul the country’s 200-year-old legislation.
The move is intended to bring Ireland into step with other European nations and to encourage and grow Ireland’s nighttime economy.
The hours of operation for late-night establishments will stay at 2.30 a.m.
The licensing system in Ireland will remain tight, with venues forced to get licenses from the courts.
The local community and local authorities can still object to a pub’s opening hours being altered. The fire department, the Irish Health Service Executive, and the garda, the state police of the Republic of Ireland, may also protest to the issuance of permits.
Representatives of Ireland’s nightlife industry have long advocated for standardized pub and bar opening hours.
Additionally, nightclubs and late-night pubs will be required to have operational CCTV cameras as a result of the new laws. Security personnel must be present on the premises with the appropriate credentials from Ireland’s Private Security Authority.
Helen McEntee, minister of justice, has previously discussed ideas to alter nightlife operating hours in Ireland. Ms. McEntee stated, “It’s really about how to consolidate a number of complex and out-of-date laws, but also to make it easier for people to enter the industry, for newcomers and young people, and to create a better environment for our artists and venues.”
After the cabinet’s expected approval, additional details regarding the licensing legislation changes will be announced. The modifications will likely take effect within the following year.