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90-year Good Friday drinking ban comes to an end

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Legislation passed in the Dáil yesterday will allow the sale of alcohol on Good Friday for the first time since 1927. It is expected to be signed into law by the President before Easter of 2018.

The Minister of State David Stanton, who introduced the bill, said tourism was a key factor to consider. "Tourism makes a much greater contribution to our economy and this is particularly true during holidays, such as the busy Easter period,” he said.

"In addition changing demographics and increasing diversity in our population have led to a reduction in traditional religious practice. Taking all these factors into consideration the Government considered that it was an opportune time to have an examination of the Good Friday restrictions.

Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan said the provision should now be removed as people often found ways of circumventing the ban regardless.

Although reaction to the new law has been overwhelmingly positive, Independent TD Mattie McGrath was one politician who said he would be opposing the change. The Tipperary native says publicans had told him that Good Friday is the only day when publicans can “take a breather”.

"The tourists won't run away because they can't get a drink on Good Friday," he said.

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SURVEY: Locals are reducing their social contacts

It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week. An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their […]

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It is just over a week since new restrictions were announced by the Government in an another effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

In our latest online poll we asked our readers if they had reduced their social contacts over the course of the last week.

An overwhelming 62.90% said they had reduced their level of contacts with people.

Interestingly, 37.10% of people had made no change to their lifestyle, but they could have been extra cautious already.

A tiny minority – just 1.61% – said they increased their social contacts over the last week.

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Staff and students highlight important message

By Michelle Crean Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion. Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. All staff wore […]

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By Michelle Crean

Local students went to great efforts on Friday last to highlight a very important message about inclusion.

Staff and students in Killarney Community College came together for ‘Stand Up Awareness Week’ as part of a national campaign where second-level schools take a stand against homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

All staff wore a rainbow colour and students wore rainbow coloured accessories to show their support for the campaign as Killarney Community College is a diverse, inclusive, accepting, and welcoming safe space for everyone.

The majority of students made a particularly great effort in terms of wearing rainbow coloured accessories were awarded house points.

During the week, the LGBTI+ flag was hanging proudly in the school canteen. Transition Years decorated the General Purpose area with informative posters, and in SPHE classes, students learned about LGBTI+ terminology and history.

“It’s important that school is a safe and inclusive place for anyone attending regardless of their race, sex, religion or sexuality,” Principal, Stella Loughnane, said.

“I’m delighted that our school community marked the occasion and brought great colour while highlighting a very important message. One of the key words of our mission statement is inclusion making this awareness day a very apt one.”

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