On Thu, Mar 28, 2002 at 02:38:13PM +0000, Niall Walsh wrote:
> That's exactly the point! Each pub owner in the country could refuse
> personally to open on
> Good Friday, they are under no obligation to open any day of the year
> HOWEVER they ARE
> under obligation NOT to open on Good Friday, even if they are Muslims,
> Agnostics or Devil
> worshippers! The government could not require a pub to open on Good
> Friday as a christian
> publican could state that it is against his religion and he would have a
> constitutional defense.
Read my comments once again - I said "to some extent (not much)".
Unfortunately, this is NOT a church issue, as you have already
incorrectly labelled it. The laws regarding drinking on Good Friday and
Christmas Day were not sought after by the Church.
For a lengthy (and rather dull) transcript of a debate from the dail on
this subject, go to
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