Licensing Law

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A public consultation is seeking views on the modernisation of Ireland's "antiquated" licensing laws through the proposed Sale of Alcohol Bill. The government's objective for the proposed bill is to repeal the Licensing Acts and the Registration of Clubs Acts and replace them with updated and stream

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The HSE will be able to appear and give evidence at court hearings on licensing applications from November 2022. Under section 4 of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, the environmental health service of the HSE will be notified in advance of applications for licences under the Intoxicating Liquor

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Pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve alcohol outdoors until 11pm under changes to the emergency laws introduced to support the hospitality sector during Covid-19 public health restrictions. Justice minister Heather Humphreys said the Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2021, which

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Court fees and excise duties for vintners will be waived for a second consecutive year, the government has announced. The waiver for 2021 will include court fees, excise and stamp duty relating to the renewal of specified pubs and other liquor licenses, estimated to be worth around €10 million.

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Legislation delivering the most comprehensive changes to liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland since 1996 has been approved by MLAs. The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill, which includes a number of reforms including greater flexibility for venues over opening times, was unani

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A central database of alcohol licences in Northern Ireland could be introduced following the most comprehensive changes to liquor licensing laws since 1996. Stormont's communities committee has published its report on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill, which returns to the cha

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Outdoor pubs and restaurants which fail to take public health guidelines seriously following the reopening of the hospitality sector this Friday could lose their licences next year, a Belfast lawyer has warned. Christopher Bullock, an associate at O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors, has highlighted that ne

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Legislation to modernise Northern Ireland's liquor licensing laws has been introduced in the Assembly. The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill, which was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was introduced by Finance Minister Conor Murphy on behalf of Communities Minister Car&aacut

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Some restrictions on the sale of alcohol in pubs and nightclubs are set to be relaxed under new proposed liquor licensing legislation. Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín yesterday announced plans for a bill introducing changes to late opening hours for pubs, Easter trading ar

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Cathy Colton, partner at Carson McDowell, considers the legal pitfalls for businesses considering changes to licensed premises following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. Businesses across the hospitality and leisure industry here are understandably keen to plan ahead for reopening following the

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Police are preparing enforcement action for alleged licensing law breaches against a pub which has been delivering pints of Guinness during the lockdown. Belfast pub Hatfield House has been offering a "Guinness-on-wheels" service out of adapted vans, with plastic cups of the stout left on customers'

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New laws aimed at removing alcohol advertising from the "day-to-day lives" of children have come into effect. Under the Public Health (Alcohol) Act 2018, commenced yesterday, alcohol advertising in or on public service vehicles, at public transport stops or stations and within 200 metres of a school

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A new consultation on the law relating to the retail sale and supply of alcoholic drinks in Northern Ireland has been launched. The Department for Communities (DfC) is seeking the views of the public and stakeholders on current liquor licensing laws, how they impact on individuals and organisations,

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