Meeting in Dublin city centre (31/1/18)

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We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday, January 31st next (at 6pm) in Dublin city centre, to discuss the state of the Irish nightclub industry and music scene, and to gauge how we as a group can help to improve it. Much has changed in the last few years; while big venues and events have enjoyed a golden period, small to mid-sized clubs have struggled under the high cost of running nights that last just 3-4 hours. Some of our best venues will soon be demolished while the nightclub owners association, the INIA, has dissolved, which all in all leaves us at an important crossroads. We are particularly calling on venue operators, promoters and managers, to meet with us next Wednesday. If you can’t make it, please try to send someone in your place. We know that there are many people living outside of Dublin who can’t attend, but don’t worry, this won’t be the last meet-up that we will be having soon. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to info [at], and we will send you the full details.

Fine Gael policy on nightclub licensing

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Fine Gael have responded regarding nightclub licensing:

“Thank you for contacting Fine Gael.

Fine Gael is committed to updating our licensing laws, in doing so I want to assure you that the issues which you have raised and many others will be taken into full consideration.

Fine Gael would be happy to meet with you to discuss these issues.”

The Labour Party policy on nightclub licensing

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The Labour Party‘s response regarding nightclub licensing is:

“The Labour Party recognises the role of the licencing and Nightclub Industry.

To further assist this development, in Budget 2016 the relief was made available up front, thus reducing the cash flow burden of the current rebate scheme.

The Sale of Alcohol Bill which is being prepared will update and streamline the law relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol. This Bill will repeal the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011, as well as the Registration of Clubs Acts 1904 to 2008, and replace them with provisions more suited to modern conditions. The Bill is intended to modernise and streamline licensing law in order to make it more understandable and user-friendly for the licensed trade, the courts and members of the public.

The development of this Bill would provide an excellent opportunity to examine the issues that you have raised in your email.

I encourage you to read our manifesto in full here:

Renua Ireland policy on nightclub licensing

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Following our request for their policy on nightclub licensing, Renua Ireland‘s response is:
“As a small newly established political party that is not entitled to any state funding, RENUA Ireland has not yet finalised a policy on supporting nightclub licensing laws.
Nightclub Licensing laws are currently being openly debated by RENUA Ireland and your policy contributions have been sent forward to our Director of Policy for further discussion.”

Give Us The Night election update

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Canvassing for the Irish general election is in full swing. We at Give Us The Night are asking anyone who feels strongly about Irish nightlife, specifically closing times, to raise the matter with all election candidates you meet. It’s important that all parties and potential TDs know of the issues that we face here in Ireland, and know that nightlife can contribute in a much greater way to the Irish economy and to employment. We have also contacted all the main political parties regarding our campaign and mandate, inviting feedback, and will publish any responses we receive as soon as we receive them. If you are unfamiliar with our mandate, you can view it here. We know that many Irish people have other pressing matters that come above nightlife or closing times, but if you do have time to raise the matter with candidates, it would be greatly appreciated. If you would like a rundown of the main political parties, should you like to make contact, a list is here. We of course suggest speaking to or making contact with independent candidates also.

As you may have noticed, our campaign has not been as active over the last few years. It doesn’t mean we have gone away, however through our own enquiries and dialogue with the INIA and Department of Justice and Equality, we have known for some time that the matter of closing times has simply been off the table. In our early years we campaigned heavily at times when the department were announcing a new bill and also at times when they were not considering any legislative changes regarding the nightclub industry. From our experience, campaigning or stimulating discussion on the matters of nightclub licensing, is best done at the time of an election or a pending bill. As an election looms and with a new justice minister on the way, Give Us The Night will be entering a new spell of activity. We hope that others in the nightclub industry and music scene can do their best to spread the word of GUTN, and stay pro-active when possible. More updates will follow here soon.

Thank you,

Give Us The Night

2012 Sale Of Alcohol Bill still on hold

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No news is good news as they say. Or in our case, has become a familiar story. So far Fine Gael have failed to distinguish themselves as anything different from the previous government in terms of their will to tackle the ongoing fiasco that is the Sale of Alcohol Bill. We have however been encouraged by justice minister Alan Shatter’s readiness to discuss the matters at hand with the INIA.

Thank you for the ongoing email responses and messages of support, we have definitely noticed a renewed interest in the campaign over recent months, and hope to report further on developments regarding the upcoming bill very soon.  

Venues, promoters, nightclub staff: please get in touch

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We know that many, many thousands of people around the country support the aims of Give Us The Night. However, we do feel that new and closer contact between us and other likeminded individuals needs to be made. We are doing a fresh callout, particularly to people working within the nightclub industry, to touch base with us. If you have an interest in helping to push the campaign further, please simply send us an email, telling us where you are based and what your nightclub related occupation or job role is. We’ll be back in touch to suggest how we think you can help.

Economic report on licensing costs in Ireland

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It has long been argued that a reduction in exemption order fees for nightclubs would be beneficial to the economy, thus increasing each club’s potential for profit as well as its ability to open extra nights and employ extra staff. The INIA recently commissioned economist Tony Foley to examine the current situation for nightclubs with regard licensing costs. You can read his report here: