Launch of Consultation on Liquor Licensing Reform

24 July 2012

Statement on behalf of Pubs of Ulster regarding the launch of a public consultation on reform of liquor licensing legislation in Northern Ireland. 


Colin Neill, chief executive of Pubs of Ulster, said:

“Pubs of Ulster welcomes the launch of the consultation on the reform of liquor licensing in Northern Ireland and hopes that it marks the start of positive change for the industry. 


“Pubs of Ulster has been at the forefront of calls for reform of the current licensing laws and has lobbied on a range of issues over the last number of years.  We are therefore greatly encouraged that many of the issues Pubs of Ulster has campaigned for, such as changes to opening hours over Easter and extending ‘drinking up’ time from 30 minutes to one hour, have been included in the consultation. 


“As recognised by the minister, the licensed trade makes a significant contribution to the local economy and plays a vital role in communities throughout Northern Ireland.  The consultation creates an opportunity to bring about some positive change in the industry by striking a balance between supporting business and creating a safe, regulated environment for people to enjoy.  Not only that, it also offers the opportunity to modernise the current licensing laws and bring Northern Ireland’s night-time economy into the 21st century. 



“Pubs of Ulster calls on all of those with an interest in the future of the industry – from publicans, business owners and customers - to take the opportunity to shape and improve the industry by responding to the consultation before it closes on 12th November 2012.” 


To read the full Consultation please click HERE