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 The St Patrick’s Day clause was repealed in 1960 to accommodate visitors coming from overseas to celebrate the national holiday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(...)

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(...)

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

A 40 cent increase on the price of 20 cigarettes will bring the cost of most packs to over €10. File photograph: Bloomberg 6:13

When it comes to raising money in the Budget, the Old Reliables don’t appear to be so reliable any more after the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (...)

The National Off-Licence Association estimates the exchequer loss at €21 million annually based on the volume of alcohol sales

The Government is under increasing pressure to ban below-cost sales of alcohol as figures indicate the taxpayer is effectively subsidising the drinks(...)

Tourists in Dublin enjoy the Viking Splash tour.Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Drinks and hospitality industry representatives have urged the Government to retain the special 9 per cent VAT rate on their services in the Budget an(...)

Westport, Co Mayo: The west, like other parts of Ireland, is enjoying an increase in overseas visitors, many of whom have been attracted to the Wild Atlantic Way which stretches from Donegal to Cork. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:09

At this moment, several foreign journalists are exploring the path of the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches from Donegal to Cork. They might encount(...)

From left: Stephen Faughnan (Irish Property Owners’ Association), Tara Buckley (RGDATA), Noreen O’Sullivan (Vintners Federation of Ireland) and Irish Farmers’ Association president Eddie Downey. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Four of the State’s biggest lobby groups for small businesses have joined forces to argue that the basis on which negotiations between banks and small(...)

The Pubs of Ireland Facebook page, set up by the Vintners Federation of Ireland

As rural pubs struggle to get customers to come out for the night, some publicans are turning to social media to promote events from bluegrass gigs to(...)

The pilot scheme is backed by the Kerry branch of the Vinters Federation of Ireland.

Parents in Co Kerry will be encouraged to take their teenage children to the pub to teach them to drink sensibly.The pilot scheme, backed by the Kerry(...)