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Dublin Pubs Call For Reopening Of Beer Gardens After 400 Days Of Closures

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Traditional pubs in Dublin have been closed for 400 days today.

The so-called wet pubs were ordered to close on March 15th 2020, but were allowed open for a time outside the capital last autumn.

The Licensed Vintners Association is renewing their call to allow outdoor trade to resume on the 24th May.

On the same day hospitality fully reopens in Northern Ireland - including indoor services.

Chief Executive of the LVA Donal O'Keeffe says the demand for outdoor pints has been "overwhelming".

"We see people socialising on every public spaces, along the canals, on park benches and on Dublin's beaches."

Mr O'Keeffe says that as the weather improves more people will be drinking on the streets.

He believes pubs garden offer a "controlled space" and provide toile

"We provide a controlled space in our out door space in terms of toilet facilities

"We think that by late May, which is five weeks away, it will be appropriate to reopen," he said.

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