Varadkar says later pub opening hours won’t lead to increased drinking

Pubs will now be able to stay open until 12.30am every night of the week

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Picture:

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that he did not believe the loosening of the licensing laws would lead to an increase in alcohol consumption.

The government today announced an overhaul of alcohol licencing laws, some of which have been in place for almost 200 years.

One of the main changes will be allowing pubs to trade until 12.30am every day of the week, and permitting nightclubs to stay open until 6am. Pubs previously had to close ...