Northern Ireland Licensing Laws ‘Could Block Irish Rugby World Cup Bid’


Northern Ireland’s licensing laws could block the Irish bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, it has been claimed.

Unless the current legislation is tackled, the move backed by the NI Executive will fail, a Stormont committee heard.

Shane Logan, the chief executive of Ulster Rugby, warned that if the law wasn’t changed the bid to host the World Cup in seven years would have to be withdrawn.

Former First Minister Peter Robinson joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny when the Irish Rugby Football Union formally announced its intention to submit a bid for the prestigious competition just over a year ago. Yesterday the Assembly’s social development committee was taking evidence on proposals to review liquor licensing at sports stadiums in the province.

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