Good Friday alcohol ban to be lifted

The Tánaiste is expected not to oppose a Bill in the Seanad based around it

The 90-year-old ban on the supply of alcohol on Good Friday is set to be lifted by the Government. 

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald is expected not to oppose a Bill in the Seanad calling for the restriction to be abolished.

The change is likely to come into effect for Good Friday next year in 2018.

It's expected that the Government will then incorporate the proposals of the Bill, tabled by a group of Independent Senators, into the Government's Sale of Alcohol Bill which aims to reform the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol.

The new legalisation is expected to supply "streamlined and updated provisions more suited to modern conditions," around alcohol. 

The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 proposed by the Seanad, is aimed mainly at pubs and will come before the Upper House next week.

The abolition of the Good Friday ban will be considered alongside the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, which aims to reduce general alcohol consumption in Ireland.

Since the ban was introduced in 1927, many publicans have voiced their frustrations over the restriction and have called for it to be removed.