The Sale of Alcohol Bill will update and streamline the law relating to the sale and consumption of alcohol. This Bill will repeal the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011, as well as the Registration of Clubs Acts 1904 to 2008, and replace them with provisions more suited to modern conditions.
The Bill is intended to modernise and streamline licensing law in order to make it more understandable and user-friendly for the licensed trade, the courts and members of the public.
Objectives include the following:
- to simplify and streamline the licensing laws
- to reduce alcohol-related harm, especially among young people
- to promote coherence between the planning and licensing codes, including a strengthening of the role of local authorities in licensing matters
- to improve compliance with licensing law by licensees, and its enforcement by An Garda Síochána