Limerick to lead the way in reviving night-time economy

Limerick's night-time economy is set for a mjaor boost.

LIMERICK is one of nine locations selected for a pilot scheme to revitalise the night-time economy as the Government prepares to introduce legislation extending opening hours for bars to 2.30am and allowing nightclubs remain open to 6am.

The pilot scheme announced by Arts and Culture Minister Catherine  Martin will enable the nine towns and cities recruit advisors to help drive and support a more sustainable night-time economy.

A commitment has also been given to provide sound-proofing grants for venues to help prepare for late opening in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Kilkenny, Drogheda, Sligo, Buncrana and Longford

The move comes as Department of Justice estimates suggest that Ireland now only has 80 nightclubs, down from more than 500 in  2002  and 300 in 2009.

Minister Martin said that, along with the pilot scheme, the General Scheme of the Sale of Alcohol Bill will reform and streamline licensing laws to support and stimulate the night-time economy.

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Limerick Green Party TD Brian Leddin said that the appointment of a night-time economy advisor for Limerick will help drive and support a more sustainable night-time economy in the city.

“The person appointed to the role will work with businesses, communities, venues, residents and artists to create a more vibrant night-life for all and bring vitality back to our city in a safe and sustainable way,” he explained.

“Minister Martin also announced an additional package of supports to help businesses and communities adjust to any potential changes to licensing laws as well as contribute to a more multi-layered night-time economy.

“Six pilot locations were originally agreed by the Night-time Economy Taskforce but Minister Martin approved funding for an additional three pilots and secured €6 million in budget 2023 for developing the night-time economy,” Deputy Leddin added.