The Night Time Economy Taskforce is behind the recommendation.
'Off the wall' and 'hair-brained' are two ways in which new licensing proposals were described at a joint-policing committee meeting in Laois.
Local Sinn Fein TD Brian Stanley made the assessment of the idea, which would allow some pubs and nightclubs to stay open until 6am.
The Night Time Economy Taskforce is behind the recommendation, having been commissioned to author a report on late night culture by Tourism Minister Catherine Martin last year.
Deputy Stanley is predicting serious public order implications: