This debate could go on and on and on.
Im not really sure where I stand on this issue.
On one side, Im thinking its an absolute disgrace that the people of Ireland cant go one day of the year without a pub being open. Its always amazing to see off licenses basically have empty shelves around Good Friday so this 'people not allowed to drink' on this day is truely a thing of the past.
But then if you start arguing about 'let the pubs open', so long to an Irish tradition which is always sad to see happening. And whats next on this route? Let the bars and clubs open longer hours like every other country in mainland Europe does.
It might encourage excess drinking in the early days of such change, but I think this is the only almost paradoxical solution to the current drinking problem we have in this country. Back in Spain, the clubs would close anything around 6am to 8am. I can almost count on one hand the number of times over three years that I lasted in a club till closing. There always came a time when I just had enough and wanted to go home.
Here, sometimes you can be out on a night and just getting into the mood of it and suddenly the lights are on and its time to be shafted out onto the streets with crowds of people everywhere and so begins the taxi race.
I think the more you look at the issue, the more sense it makes to just let all these pubs open if they so wish to do business. In the current climate, allowing just a few to open is going to do nothing but reek massive havock in that industry whereby some pub owners will take offense to not being allowed open while others can.
Yet another cock up by this just fantastic government! The sooner they are removed the better! This is gone too far beyond a joke now to even laugh about.