THERE SHOULD BE NO CHEERS FOR LEO’S DAY
Renua Ireland leader John Leahy has questioned, “The latest example of national group-think surrounding the ending of Good Friday restrictions on the sale of alcohol.’’
Mr Leahy said:
‘’Alcohol is a key feature of Irish life and no-one wants to go back to an age of Prohibition.
However, ending the Good Friday Ban contradicts all the public concerns surrounding the excessive prevalence of alcohol in our society.
Once again when it comes to the alcohol lobby our government takes with one hand but gives with two.”
Mr Leahy also warned that: ‘’This decision sends dangerously mixed messages.
It is not progressive either for workers in the bar trade, who lose one of only two days off a year, or for society. It also raises questions as to where our political priorities lie.
We have crises in Housing, the issue of Life, Health, Education, Brexit and Rural Ireland, not to mention alcohol mis-use.
Yet the only legislation FF and FG can drive through the Dáil is opening the bar on Good Friday so Leo Varadkar can at some future date pose for a ‘Leo’s Day’ social media photo opportunity.
‘Leo’s Day’ will actually be a bad day for Ireland.”
Mr Leahy warned: We have a serious drink problem in this country.
We should really be focusing our attention on curtailing the availability of drink, not introducing laws which will result in pubs been open more days in the year.
If we can’t manage to keep our pubs closed for two days in the year; Good Friday and Christmas Day, well then we might as well forget about it.
Mr Leahy also claimed:
‘’This Bill is more about anti-Catholic sentiment than trade.
Politicians believe by attacking the church everywhere from schools to the right-to-life they can get a cheap cheer.
Politicians should note that many people are proud of the Church’s contribution to our country.
There should be no cheers for ‘Leo’s Day’ and we should put our energies into solving real problems, instead of extending pub opening days.”