Nine cities and towns to benefit from support package aimed at creating "more vibrant nightlife" 3 months ago

Nine cities and towns to benefit from support package aimed at creating "more vibrant nightlife"

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It has been revealed that nine Irish towns and cities are to benefit from a package of supports designed to create a "more vibrant nightlife".

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The pilot initiative was announced on Tuesday (25 October) by Culture Minister Catherine Martin following Cabinet approving a proposal from Justice Minister Helen McEntee to reform Ireland’s antiquated licensing system.

Under the plans from McEntee, pubs are allowed to stay open until 12.30 am seven days a week while nightclubs are permitted to operate until 6 am.

In a statement on the Government's website, Minister Martin welcomed the news, stating that these changes would "stimulate the night-time economy".

She also announced that, as part of a pilot initiative to support the development of a "vibrant and diverse" night-time economy across the country, support will be provided to nine pilot cities and towns to enhance their night-time culture.

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The nine places chosen were:

  • Buncrana
  • Cork City
  • Drogheda
  • Dublin City
  • Galway City
  • Kilkenny
  • Limerick City
  • Longford Town
  • Sligo

“These new pilot towns and cities will now recruit new Night-Time Economy Advisors who will help drive and support a more sustainable night-time economy in their specific areas," Martin explained.

"They will work with businesses, communities, venues, residents and artists to create a more vibrant nightlife for all and bring vitality back to our city and town centres in a safe and sustainable way."

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It is also said the learnings from the nine pilots will then inform the approach to be taken in rolling out plans for the night-time economy in other cities and towns across Ireland.

The application process for recruiting Night-Time Advisors will now get underway.

For more information about the initiative, visit the Government's website here.

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