The Mayor of Limerick has called for a change in the licensing laws which prohibit the sale of alcohol on Good Friday and Christmas Day.

Kevin Kiely said his immediate concern was to ensure that pubs and restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol this coming Good Friday.

The Leinster versus Munster rugby match at Thomond Park, scheduled for that day, is a sell-out.

Mayor Kiely met with representatives of the Vintners' Federation yesterday.

He has written a letter of support to accompany their application to the local District Court to provide an exemption for the day of the match.