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Vintners Federation of Ireland on pubs being open on Good Friday

30 March 2018

Today marks an historic day in Ireland because for the first time in 91 years, publicans across the country have been allowed to open the doors.

A lot of the punters were tourists from England, Spain and Germany who had time to kill before being allowed to check in to their hotels at lunchtime.

"They all wanted to get their picture in the paper".

"Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period", justice and equality minister David Stanton said when he introduced the law.

The Intoxicating Liquor Act, passed in 1927, prohibited sales in shops and bars on three days a year - Good Friday, Christmas Day and St Patrick's Day, although the latter was exempted in 1960.

He said he was delighted to be enjoying a pint in his local instead.

There had been a few exceptions where alcohol could be served on Good Friday including train stations, airports and sporting events.

"And I'll have another few before the day's in", he added.

The Intoxicating Liquor Bill 2017, which was voted through the Dail parliament in January, overturned a ban on Good Friday drinking that had existed since 1927.

Another Slattery's pub in Dublin, meanwhile, Slattery's in Beggar's Bush, will be giving all of the bar's proceeds from when the pub opens at 12.30pm to when it closes at 12.30am on Saturday to Our Lady's Hospice Care and the 4th Port Dodder Sea Scout Group.

VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben, says: "The Good Friday ban is from a different era and is rightfully consigned to history".

Vintners Federation of Ireland on pubs being open on Good Friday