Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has said a proposal to extend pub opening hours should be considered as part of a wider rethink of licensing laws.
Speaking after Social Development minister Nelson McCausland said he was prepared to extend opening hours as part of a reform of licensing laws, the Newry / Armagh MLA said;
"The hospitality industry is a key part of our economy, particularly in areas popular with tourists.
"Sinn Féin has consistently called for a review of licensing laws to bring them into the 21st Century.
"This limited extension of opening hours proposed by the social development minister is welcome but it must form part of a wider rethink of licensing laws.
"While the economic benefits of extended opening hours to the hospitality and tourism sectors is obvious and need listened to, any changes must be considered as part of a holistic approach.
"The possible health implications of extended opening hours and the views of residents living close to licensed premises must also be taken into account."