Sunday, 22nd April 2018
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The decision by the Dail to undo the ban on alcohol sales on Good Friday can only be seen as a forward looking step towards a fuller more inclusive and pluralistic society here in Ireland. Naturally enough there will be a lot of people who will disagree with it mainly for religious reasons. But if you do disagree with it then you also retain the right not to go to a pub or purchase alcohol on that day in question. Some vintners have even disagreed with it but then again they don't have to go and open their premises on that day either.

Obviously working from a negative, i.e.having a ban on sales, is a pretty black or white position but at least if bars are open then you give people the choice over what to do on that day. And of course choice is absolutely fundamental in a democracy.

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