Irish pubs are very much at the center of Irish communities but should children be allowed in after dark? Let us know what you think.
This week a little girl from Wexford, called Katie, stole the IrishCentral readers hearts with her strong argument on why she should be allowed to go to the pub! Aside from the fact that this cheeky six-year-old will make a fine lawyer or politician one day, her argument got us thinking.
Do you think the laws about children in Irish pubs should be changed? Should children be allowed in Irish pubs, especially those which are more family-oriented gastro-pubs? It's clear that young Katie feels left out as the pub is clearly a focal meeting place for her family and friends.
According to the Irish Citizen's Information site the law is as follows:
Children are only allowed on licensed premises if they are with a parent or guardian, but this provision carries certain restrictions. If accompanied by a parent/guardian, a child may remain on the premises up to 9pm (10pm from May to September) unless the license holder feels this is harmful to the child's health, safety, and welfare. Children aged between 15-17 years may remain on the premises after 9pm where they are attending a private function at which a substantial meal is served.
However, back in 2014, this 9pm curfew was extended during the summer months. During the summer months in Ireland, there are approximately 17 hours of daylight and sunset is at 10pm.
But do you think other exceptions should be made?