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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 165 - Liquor licensing laws [15751/14]. (03 Apr 2014)

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165. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will consider granting new pub licences to establishments which held a pub licence for many years, but in cases where that pub was sold and the licence transferred to a different location and the old pub may have now been sold again to a new owner, if he will consider granting a pub licence to the new owner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15751/14] 

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Government Legislation Programme provides for future publication of a Sale of Alcohol Bill which will update the law relating to the sale, supply and consumption of alcohol in licensed premises by repealing the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011, as well as the Registration of Clubs Acts 1904 to 2008, and replacing them with provisions more suited to modern conditions. The Bill will provide an opportunity to consider whether the current statutory requirement whereby an application for a new public house licence must show to the satisfaction of the court that the holder of an existing licence will consent to its extinguishment if and when a new licence is granted to the applicant should be retained in its current form.
Unfortunately, due to the complex nature of the proposed Bill, I am not in a position to state when it will be published. However, it is my intention to proceed quickly with enactment of the legislation following publication.

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