Liquor Licensing Bill needs priority

27 February 2020

Liquor Licensing Bill needs priority

Commenting on the update by the Minister for Communities, Deirdre Hargey MLA, to the Committee for Communities this morning on the progression of the Liquor Licensing Bill at the Northern Ireland Assembly, Hospitality Ulster Chief Executive, Colin Neill stated:

It is welcome news that the Minister for Communities has updated the Committee on the timeline for bringing forward the Liquor Licensing Bill and plans for the legislation to be in place before the Assembly’s summer recess. We are encouraged by her commitment to progress this bill and would once again urge her to continue to make it a priority.”


“We have been in this position before and for too long we have found ourselves in a situation whereby the hospitality sector has been unable to develop due to the archaic licensing legislation. Over the last number of years we have engaged with the five main political parties who gave us assurances that they would support the modernisation of liquor licensing and it is imperative that this happens. The Minister highlighted that the draft legislation was already in place and we urge her to move forward immediately to introduce this to the Assembly.”





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