Good Friday Agreement Alcohol

The controversy over the closure of Good Friday or the Good Friday Disagreement[1] refers to the 2010 case, in which customs officers in Limerick, Ireland, asked to be exempted from the ban on the sale of alcohol on good Friday this year. Although Good Friday in Ireland is not an official public holiday, the Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1927 made it illegal to sell alcohol on Good Friday as a sign of respect and banned the practice on Christmas Day and St. Patrick`s Day. This should allow in these three days of reflection, rest and prayer. After the ban on selling alcohol on St. Patrick`s Day was lifted in 1960, the Irish Patron`s Day became one of the biggest days of the year. But laws on the other two public holidays remained in effect, meaning pubs and many restaurants still close on Good Friday. The agreement was concluded on the 10th Good Friday of this year was signed in Belfast on 1 April 1998. It is a multi-party agreement involving most of northern Ireland`s political parties and an international agreement between the British and Irish governments. The lifting of the ban is especially good news for travelers and the pubs that serve them, as the Easter holidays are a popular time for tourists. Prior to 2018, thirsty visitors from Ireland, arriving on Good Friday, were generally not banned from drinking until they ran into closed bars and deserted streets. On 15 March 2010, 60 winegrowers voted in favour of the request for exemption at the Limerick Courthouse. [2] [27] [28] [29] It was assumed that this was the first time that the alcohol ban was challenged by customs officers on Good Friday.

[30] Sweeney McGann Solicitors of Limerick acted for the Vinters. Limerick`s Vintners Federation President Jerry O`Dea has applied to the Limerick District Court for a waiver under section 10 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1962 [6][31] The Mayor of Limerick, Kevin Kiely, wrote a letter of support for the application. [32] [33] [34] Gearoid McGann was the lawyer representing the winemakers and Michael Murray represented garda Síochána and the state. [6] [15] [35] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Limerick has not raised any objections in court. [36] Legislation prohibiting the sale of alcohol on Good Friday is almost as old as the state itself. The DÁIL has passed a law authorizing the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. As Ireland continues to debate whether or not the nearly 90-year-old ban on the sale of alcohol should be abolished on Good Friday, we explain how the rule came about. Counsel for the plaintiffs, Gearoid McGann of Sweeney McGann Solicitors,[43] called it «a termination decision.» [15] [17] Limerick merchants celebrated by selling t-shirts with slogans like «Officially bigger than the Catholic Church: Munster Rugby», «Mass is now taking place at Thomond Park» and «We have no bishop, no minister, no hurling team, but we can drink on Good Friday», in reference to the scandalous Donal Murray (sexual abuse scandal in the Diocese of Lickimer), Willie O`Dea («Bordel») and an internal dispute with the county hurling team. [44] Mayor Kiely requested that the law be updated to allow alcohol on all religious occasions: the case took place after the planning of a 2009/10 Celtic League match between Munster and Leinster in Thomond Park in the city on April 2, 2010, which coincides with Good Friday of the same year. . .

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