Spokesperson for GUTN, Sunil Sharpe, is at NUI Galway this Thursday (November 4th) speaking at the college’s Literary & Debating Society discussion, which will focus on the issue of Ireland’s alcohol licensing laws. It takes place at the college’s Kirwan Theatre from 7pm, and all are welcome.
We haven’t had a lot to report recently, however we just met with the INIA, who are continuing to lobby hard for 4am closing for Dublin nightclubs, and 2.30am closing for nightclubs everywhere else outside of Dublin. When exactly the government’s long awaited Sale of Alcohol Bill will be published is anyone’s guess.
It is an understatement to say that we are frustrated by the lack of political progress or interest in nightclub opening hours, despite the obvious benefits later closing times would bring to the economy. We recently visited Government buildings and again met with the Green Party’s chief whip and spokesperson for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Ciaran Cuffe, who says that he will raise the matter properly with minister Dermot Ahern as soon as he can. We believe that Mr Cuffe will do that but as for Ahern actually doing anything… well, we won’t hold our breath.