Ireland: Government considering ban on sale of alcohol as part of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions
Officials are working on new public health regulations to strengthen the law around drinking in streets to give gardai more powers of enforcement
By Ferghal Blaney
January 8, 2021
The Government is considering banning the sale of alcohol after a certain time of day, the Tanaiste revaled yesterday.
Officals are now working on new public health regulations to strengthen the law around drinking in streets to give gardai more powers of enforcement.
His comments come after publicans were warned by Micheal Martin to “forget about takeaway pints” as a raft of new public health restrictions were brought in on Wednesday.
A ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol was not among the measures.
The Tanaiste said: “When it comes to selling takeaway alcohol, that’s not illegal – anybody who’s getting their takeaway – you can get your bottle of beer or bottle of wine with that, nobody wants to ban that.
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“We don’t want to have to shut down the off licences and the pubs and say, ‘You know, you can’t sell bottles of beer, you can’t sell cans for people to take home’.
“But they seem to be trying to get around it by giving out a pint with a lid on it. We’re certainly going to reinforce the existing ban on people drinking outdoors on public streets.”