A bill to allow alcohol to be sold here on Good Friday has made it through the Seanad.
The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 was passed unanimously, after amendments to make sure it applies to pubs - and not just hotels.
The legislation now goes to the Dáil, where it will be debated after the summer break.
It means Ireland's ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday is set to be abolished in time for next Easter.
Independent Senator Billy Lawless sponsored the bill.
He says the closure of pubs on Good Friday is actually leading to alcohol abuse.
"Keeping pubs closed on Good Friday actively incentivises binge drinking where people gather all day, fuelling with alcohol in an uncontrolled environment," he says.