228. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to upgrade the public trading licensing code (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20680/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, section 19 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2000 made provision for the upgrading of restricted licences, including six-day licences, under certain conditions, including a specific condition that applications to the Revenue Commissioners for such upgrading be made within one year of the entry into force of the Act.
Notwithstanding that upgrading scheme, I understand that, for whatever reason, a very small number of restricted licences remain in existence. The position is, therefore, that a further upgrading scheme to deal with the residue of restricted licences remains to be considered in the context of future updating of the liquor licensing code.