The Intoxicating Liquor Act, when introduced in 1927, said alcoholic drinks could not be sold on Christmas Day, Good Friday and St Patrick’s Day. The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960 to accommodate visitors coming from overseas to celebrate the national holiday

The ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday is set to cost the restaurant sector €15 million in revenue, the Restaurants Association of Ireland has cla(...)

Suzanne Costello chief executive of Alcohol Action Ireland: ‘Like most systems of self-regulation in Ireland, the alcohol industry’s codes have proven to be wholly ineffective and has done nothing to protect the young and vulnerable members of our society from alcohol harm.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

An opportunity to make a major difference to the health of future generations will be spurned by failure to tackle alcohol marketing, the Joint Commit(...)

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Publicans have met Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to call for the lifting of a ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. The Vintners Feder(...)

Heineken beer on sale at the bargain price of €2.95 at the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of Dublin publicans are known to have raised concerns with Heineken about the pricing of its beer at JD Wetherspoon’s prior to the high-pr(...)

The 12 Pubs of Christmas hordes have returned. Although isolated crawlers have been spotted since mid November, this week marks the special point i(...)

Representatives of business groups told the Oireachtas Justice Committee that aggressive begging had become more prevalent in the last 12 months and that additional garda resources were required to address the issue. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Citizens and visitors to Dublin are experiencing “a fear factor” when in the city as a result of a rise in the occurrence of aggressive begging, the O(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

 Garth Brooks: believed to have watched a live webstream of Dublin City Council’s Monday meeting. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Concern about legal action taken to stop his Croke Park concerts contributed to Garth Brooks’s decision to cancel the events, according to Labour R(...)

Tickets for the now cancelled Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin. The cancellation of the five shows has left Ireland’s image and reputation “tarnished” to overseas visitors, business and hospitality groups have said. Photograph:   Collins Photos.

The cancellation of the five Garth Brooks concerts in Dublin has “tarnished” Ireland’s image and reputation to overseas visitors, business and hospit(...)

Neary’s pub in Dublin’s Chatham Street. For tourists, pubs constitute the capital’s number one attraction.

It can be difficult, in the public space, standing up for anything associated with the alcohol industry. Nevertheless, there are many things that can (...)