Re: After Hours - short documentary looking at nightclubs with a particular focus on opening hours and licensing laws
It wasn't long ago when we heard of pubs in Dublin being sold for insane sums of money. In the days when the smoking ban was yet to become the lonsome camel of an idea to cross the Sahara of Michael Martin's mind. The Vintners Association had it all their own way. The publicans, overwhelmingly FFers n my experience, were just another lobby group who could "write their own legislation" and hand it in to Aras De Valera/Galway Tent/Ard Fheis/wherever knowing that they'd get the laws they paid for and no questions asked.
Opening and closing times suited publicans and they didn't change. It does not suit the public, it probably does not suit the police and it is not geared to align itself with what passes for public transport in Ireland. But it suits the publicans and they dictate when a place can open and shut, what they can serve and what they cannot.
Michael McDowell tried, in 2006, to enable cafès sell bottles of beer in order to introduce something like European-like cafès here. The knuckle-draggers and backwoodsmen of FF shot that down pronto. And that is the way it will always be because this government is of a similar closed-minded conservative bent. Intelligent debate on this issue is in my opinion quite some distance away. And Ireland remains light years behind the rest of the world, particularly the rest of Europe. This is very much an example of Britain acting as a shield blocking any intelligence from Europe getting in to the country.
Man kann gar nicht soviel fressen wie man kötzen möchte!
Max Liebermann, Deutsche Maler.