Whoa! We average 60,000+ unique weekly readers!

NI News

Changes to licensing laws move forward

1 Mins read

Communities Minister Paul Givan introduced a liquor licensing Bill in the Assembly this afternoon.

This is the first stage in the process to amend the law on the sale of alcoholic drinks in Northern Ireland and follows a public consultation on the issue in 2012.

The Bill the Minister introduced includes:-

– Restrictions on advertising of alcoholic drinks in supermarkets and off-sales;

– Introduction of occasional additional late opening for certain licensed premises;

– Extension of “drinking-up” time;

– Minor change to Easter opening hours;

– Alignment of alcohol and entertainment licences in licensed premises allowed late opening; and

– Changes in relation to children on licensed premises and registered clubs.

Speaking after the introduction of the Bill, the Minister said: “The changes I am proposing strike the necessary balance between on the one hand, controlling the sale of alcoholic drinks and protecting the public interest, and on the other hand ensuring local businesses in the hospitality sector can continue to provide a high level of service to their customers.

“It is likely to take eight months for the Bill to complete its passage through the Assembly so any changes to the law are unlikely to take effect until the middle of next year.”

Further information on the review of liquor licensing can be found on the DfC website

10818 posts

About author
An article that is attributed to the Causeway Coast Community Team has either involved multiple authors, written by a contributor or the main body of content is from a press release. Got a news-related tip you’d like to see covered on Causeway Coast Community? Email us - [email protected]
Related posts
NI News

Executive extends restrictions to combat spread of Covid-19

2 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppThe Executive has today agreed that current restrictions to combat the spread of Covid-19 should be extended across Northern Ireland. Previously the…
NI News

Police issued 55 Covid notices and eight prohibition notices last night

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppPolice in south Belfast have issued 55 Covid notices and eight prohibition notices overnight on Sunday through to the early hour of…
NI News

Muckamore: Tenth person arrested over abuse allegations

1 Mins read
FacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsAppDetectives from the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch investigating the allegations of ill-treatment of patients at Muckamore Abbey hospital have arrested a 59…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *