Young Fine Gael 'Break The Ban' Campaign

break the gf banYoung Fine Gael is calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter TD, to break the ban on pubs and restaurants serving alcohol on Good Friday as we believe the legislation is 'outdated', 'inconsistent' and 'anti-enterprise'.

Speaking on this issue YFG President Dale McDermott commented ' Legislation has to reflect the Ireland we live in today, not a century ago. There was a time when it was considered a social taboo to order meat on a Friday but Ireland has come a long way since then.'

'Currently, exemptions allow the sale of alcohol in some cultural institutions or to members of the public engaging in travel by air, rail or ferry. Hotels may serve alcohol only with a meal but then why not restaurants? Serving beverages with a meal is an essential part of any restaurants business, as a consequence of this law, many restaurants will close their doors on Good Friday. This legislation is outdated, inconsistent and anti - enterprise. We should allow people of religious faith to follow this tradition of Good Friday if they wish, but not allow this day to become known as Bad Friday for struggling businesses.' concluded YFG President Dale McDermott.

We have also written to the Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform, Alan Shatter to call for the abolishment of this outdated piece of legislation.

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