New law to pave way for reopening of ‘wet pubs’, says Minister

Helen McEntee said Ireland was an outlier in Europe for keeping pubs closed

The Government is looking at how to reopen all pubs safely and will put in place a new road map on September 13th to guide people, the Minister for Justice said. File image: Laura Hutton/Irish Times

The Government is looking at how to reopen all pubs safely and will put in place a new road map on September 13th to guide people, the Minister for Justice said. File image: Laura Hutton/Irish Times

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has said that new legislation giving further powers to the gardaí will pave the way for the reopening of pubs that do not serve food.

The new powers, to be debated in the Dáil on its return today, will provide a road map for the future opening of all pubs, Ms McEntee said, as they will give greater guidance to gardaí and ensure compliance of measures.

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