Night-time Economy Taskforce report welcomed by business

September 15, 2021

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has welcomed the launch of the Night-time Economy Taskforce report, which will help revitalise town centres across Ireland.

Ibec Director of Membership and Sectors, Sharon Higgins said: “The night-time economy is a core component of the wider Experience Economy and will be key to revitalisation and growth of town centres across the country. The Night-time Economy Taskforce report will help make Ireland a great place to live, work, invest and experience. Cities across the globe have recognised the importance of the night-time economy for economic competitiveness, boosting resilience, diversity, and inclusivity of urban centres. 

“Key actions have been identified to cut red-tape to make it easier for businesses to operate, including long-awaited and much needed overhaul of the alcohol licensing regime. It needed to be streamlined to allow staggered trading hours and to encourage more diversity in premises types. 

“We welcome the pilot of a dedicated “night mayor” or night-time economy advisor in Dublin and five other local authorities. These dedicated roles are needed to coordinate the development and delivery of a vision to develop the cultural offering and the nightlife, making them stronger, safer, better-connected, and even more attractive destinations. Business must be part of the discussion on the delivery of local strategies and the overall implementation of the recommendations of the Taskforce. 

“We must acknowledge that the night-time economy is more than the night-time culture sector highlighted in the work of the Taskforce. It includes a diverse range of activities between 6pm and 6am. Cities such as Dublin are operating on a 24/7 basis with significant employment, public services and business activities taking place in the night-time. Addressing issues such as public safety, street lighting, better use of public space and increasing late night transport provision would benefit these businesses too.”