Junior Business Minister calls for three-week closure of off-licences

JUNIOR Business Minister Robert Troy has told a private Fianna Fáil meeting that off-licences should be closed for three weeks amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

His proposal goes further than Government plans to significantly reduced their opening hours in a bid to clamp down on house parties and large social gatherings.

The issue was discussed at Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary party meeting this evening.

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Sources said that Longford-Westmeath TD Mr Troy said off-licences should be closed outright for three weeks.

Dara Calleary did not go as far but said there needs to be a curtailment of discounting and special offers on alcohol in supermarkets.

The Mayo TD is said to have pointed out that it’s hard for small businesses to close while supermarkets engage in the practice.

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