This year, for the first time in more than 90 years, it will be legal to purchase alcohol here in Ireland today, Good Friday. Every year, the discussion comes up: “Should alcohol be available on Good Friday?” or more commonly, “Should the pubs be allowed to open on Good Friday?”
The answer is yes.
Now, whenever this question is raised, particularly on social media, there are always the same arguments for keeping the alcohol ban.
Last week, 70,000 people marched in Dublin as part of the “Rally for Life”, a pro-life march in support of keeping the Eight Amendment, which prohibits abortion in Ireland. That, along with the recent news that a young girl was falsely detained in a psychiatric unit while under the impression that she was being transferred for a termination at the end of last year, and the topic of abortion has been at the forefront of people’s minds even more so than usual.