Dublin nightclub owners unhappy that venues in the city are forced to shut on Sunday nights.

Staff in the retail and service sectors who work through the conventional weekend are not happy they have nowhere to go out when their working week is over. 

Waiter Ben Groom says traditionally Sunday and Monday are the days off for people working in bars and restaurants. Club hostess Antonia Leslie says her night out is on a Sunday, but she has nowhere to go as venues are shut. Restaurant manager Lesley-Ann Hayes agrees there is a problem,

Bars tend to be busy on a Sunday night out with the industry crowd. but there is nowhere to go once they are closed.

In the late 1970s and 1980s DJ Tonie Walsh used to work in venues until the early hours of the morning. Prohibitive laws and policing have changed the clubbing landscape in Dublin. The law is now very specific about what time venues must close.

Unfortunately there is a sustained campaign by the police to actually close a lot of venues because they weren’t actually fulfilling their obligations under Sunday night closing.

An Garda Síochána believe a crackdown on alcohol related crime has been effective. Public order problems have improved since the closing hours were reduced. However this does not explain why Sunday closing should be earlier than every other night of the week.

Promoter Robbie Butler would like to see the status of Sunday night changed.

If you don’t work nine to five, midday to Friday, you’re in the wrong job and you don’t have the right to socialise the same as everyone else.

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Michael McDowell will be introducing a new intoxicating liquor bill is expected but there is no indication opening hours will be changed.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 July 2004. The reporter is Anna Murphy.