Representatives of arts, cultural and business organisations have held a 'cafe style' discussion on how to improve access to the arts in Ireland after dark.

Among the participants were members of the Give Us The Night group, an independent group of professionals working in the night time industry who have been campaigning for positive changes to nightlife in Ireland, with particular regard to music venues. 

The issues discussed at the meeting included Ireland's licencing laws which the Give Us The Night group say need to be more flexible, as well as the possibility of established cultural institutions and venues opening their doors to music events after dark. This, campaigners say would create additional space for music as well as allowing the venues another income stream. 

Among those participating in the meeting were representatives from the National Library, the National Gallery and the Abbey Theatre, DJs and other performers, and representatives of local authorities. 

The meeting was organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.