03 May 2019
The focus of the consultation is a change in law which would provide the Department with a power to designate an event taking place in Northern Ireland as a “special event.” The Department, having designated an event as a “special event”, would then have the power to vary permitted hours for the sale of alcoholic drinks at the event. The Department would also have a power to permit the sale of alcoholic drinks for consumption off the premises at special events.
Key points from IPH response
In their response, IPH outlined the potential public health impacts of issuing ‘special events’ licences. In respect of liquor licensing legislation in Northern Ireland, IPH submitted oral and written evidence on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs Amendment Bill on 27 Oct 2016. We would refer all parties to the written and oral evidence from that time.