Licensing Act (Ireland) 1874

Early-closing licenses.

2. Where, on the occasion of any application for a certificate for a new license, or the transfer or renewal of a license which authorises the sale of any intoxicating liquor for consumption on the premises, the applicant applies to the licensing justices to cause to be inserted in his license a condition that he shall close the premises in respect of which such license is or is to be granted one hour earlier at night than that at which such premises would otherwise have to be closed, the justices shall cause the said condition to be inserted in such certificate, and the same shall be inserted in any license granted in pursuance thereof.

The holder of a license in which such condition is inserted (in this Act referred to as an early-closing license) shall close his premises at night one hour earlier than the ordinary hour at which such premises would be closed under the provisions of the principal Act, and the provisions of this Act and the principal Act shall apply to the premises as if such earlier hour were the hour at which the premises are required to be closed.

The applicant for an early-closing license may obtain from the Commissioners of Inland Revenue any license granted by such Commissioners which he is entitled to obtain in pursuance of any such certificate as aforesaid, upon payment of a sum representing six sevenths of the duty which would otherwise be payable by him for a similar license not limited to such early closing as aforesaid. In calculating the six sevenths fractions of a penny shall be disregarded.

The notice which a licensed person is required by section eleven of the principal Act to keep painted or fixed on his premises shall, in the case of an early-closing license, contain such words as the licensing justices may order for giving notice to the public that an early-closing license has been granted in respect of such premises.

[S. 3 rep. 46 & 47 Vict. c. 39. (S.L.R.)]