Pub licence three years out of date

JUDGE HANDS DOWN FINE OF €750

THE SERVING of a Seven Up and brandy in an Oulart pub turned out to be an offence, dealt with at the District Court in Gorey last week. Kieran Cooney - trading as Oulart Hill Bar - pleaded guilty to selling alcohol without a current licence.

Proceedings were initiated by the Revenue Commissioners who sent Patricia Howlin to carry out an unannounced inspection of the premises on July 20 last year. She told the court how she paid €6.50 for the brandy and mineral before revealing her identity and demanding to see the licence.

She was told on the spot that it had lapsed - almost three years earlier in September 2008. The publican explained that he had fallen behind with his paperwork and, as a result, he was denied the tax clearance certificate he needed in order to apply for renewal.

The licence was finally put in order last June, the court was assured, and the owner of the premises was seeking to lease out the business.

In the meantime, he was fined €750 and allowed five months for payment.

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