The Circuit Civil Court has granted an appeal to allow a pub in Dublin an exemption to open late on Good Friday.

The appeal, on behalf of the Red Cow Inn, was against a district court refusal to grant the exemption even though the Oireachtas had amended the Intoxicating Liquor Act this year allowing pubs to open on Good Friday.

In his judgment, President of the Circuit Court Raymond Groarke said that Good Friday was the same as any other Friday in the context of recent legislation, and if the legislature wanted it to be different in the licensing code that is what they would have done.

In closing, he said there was no objection from gardaí, he allowed the appeal and granted the exemption as sought.

The case was seen as a test case on behalf of licensed premises in Dublin and the Licensed Vintners Association was in attendance.

LVA Chief Executive Donal O'Keeffe said: "We're delighted with this decision. We think it's a very important day for the licensed trade."

"We had long campaigned for Good Friday to be treated as a regular Friday under licensing law and today's decision confirms this from a late trading perspective."