Publi­can fined €500 for after hours trad­ing

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

A PUBLI­CAN was fined €500 for al­low­ing drink to be con­sumed on his premises after hours by Judge David Wa­ters at Lis­towel Dis­trict Court on Thurs­day.

Gar­daí said they wit­nessed 10 peo­ple still drink­ing in­side Tomáisín’s Bar in Lis­sel­ton at 1.45am on the date in ques­tion. They spoke to the publi­can Jackie He­garty who in­formed them that there had been an event for a can­cer char­ity and that peo­ple were ‘fin­ish­ing up’.

So­lic­i­tor Ann Keane said her client had learned a ‘very hard les­son’, de­scrib­ing him as a very pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Bal­ly­donoghue com­mu­nity and his bar as an ex­tremely im­por­tant fo­cal point for events in the small parish. She said that can­cer-re­lated causes were very close to his heart, hav­ing lost his mother to the dis­ease some years ago.

“Mr He­garty’s fa­ther also de­rives his in­come from this premises, which is their bread and but­ter,” Ms Keane told Judge Wa­ters. The Judge im­posed a fine of €500, re­mark­ing that pub­li­cans trad­ing after hours do so at the ad­van­tage of col­leagues pay­ing for ex­emp­tions to sell drink law­fully after reg­u­lar clos­ing hours.

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