CAMRA hosts its first Reception in Northern Ireland

CAMRA hosts its first Reception in Northern Ireland

CAMRA hosted its first ever Reception in Northern Ireland on February 18th to launch its Manifesto ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections on May 5th. 


The Reception was held at Stormont Parliament Buildings and was hosted by Adrian Cochrane-Watson MLA who spoke on the evening about the need to support 

local pubs and brewers in the Province. Beer was provided for the event by Lacada and Ards Brewing.

 Also in attendance was Danny Kinahan MP who backed Adrian’s support for CAMRA’s manifesto in Northern Ireland along with representatives from the Consumer Council, Invest NI and local brewers.

CAMRA’s key asks for the next Assembly are:

  1. To support breweries by introducing new licensing laws which would permit small brewers to ‘sell at source’ and to sell at local events
  2. To encourage global brewers to voluntarily allow pubs to offer a guest beer option in their contracts to ensure that local brewers have access to the market
  3. To support struggling pubs by extending Small Business Rate Relief and investigate ways to extend it so that more pubs can benefit
  4. To introduce an advisory service, along with the provision of grants and loans to support people to take over their local pub and keep it at the heart of the community
  5. To strengthen planning laws so that permission is always needed before a pub can be demolished

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