West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

New rules around licensed premises.

Published: 7 May, 2012

Sinn Féin Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has reminded revellers that the rules around what is an acceptable form of identification has changed. From 1st May the only form of identification which will be acceptable to pubs, clubs and off licences will be a driving licence, electoral Identification or a passport. This means that people who can't display any of the forms of Identification may be refused entry to the licence premises. The tough new legislation is an attempt to curb underage drinking and make the procurement of alcohol harder amongst the age group.
Speaking following the introduction of the new legislation councillor McAnespy said:
"I would urge people who are going out to socialise at night that the new legislation which came into effect on May 1st means that only three forms of ID will be acceptable to those wishing to get into licensed premises. These are a driving licence, electoral Identification or a passport. As well as licensed premises this new legislation will also apply to off licences.
"I think it is essential that in tandem with these changes there are education, information and support programmes made available for those wishing to avail of them. If we are serious about combating binge drinking it must be a holistic approach. Whilst these legislative changes are welcome legislation alone won't solve this problem and so this should be taken forward in line with robust education, infromationa nd support programmes also.