CEO concern over knee jerk licensing consultation
22 March 2019
Hospitality Ulster Reaction to DfC News Release on CONSULTATION ON THE SALE AND SUPPLY OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AT ‘SPECIAL EVENTS’ IN NORTHERN IRELAND
Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster reacted:
“We are extremely concerned that the Department for Communities have published a knee jerk consultation to amend liquor licensing legislation in Northern Ireland to create a ‘Special Licence’ category to address issues at the British Open this July, whilst ignoring the challenges faced by the hospitality industry here, who have lobbied for modernisation of liquor licensing for years.”
“We are seeking an urgent meeting with the Head of the Civil Service, David Sterling and the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Karen Bradley MP, calling on them to intervene and get the wider liquor licensing laws sorted as part of this process once and for all and not just give special status to big event promoters who will be gone as soon as they arrive.”
“The British Open may be worth £80m to the Northern Ireland economy as a one off, but our members contribute £1.2billion to the Northern Ireland economy every year.”
Notes to editor
- £80million figure is from Tourism Northern Ireland mentioned in a Parliamentary Answer by Lord Duncan of Springbank on 22nd Feb.
- £1.2billion figure is from Oxford Economics Report on the economic contribution of the hospitality sector to NI.
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