Friday 20 September 2019

'Shebeen' man leave his gates


STRICT BAIL conditions have been imposed on a Ballycullane man accused of running a 'Shebeen', which has caused the Gardai to be inundated with complaints from the Vintners Associations as well as from concerned citizens.

The conditions include that electronic gates at the entrance to the alleged illegal drinking den be left open at night, to allow Gardai access if they want to call on the premises.

John Murphy from Ballytarsna was before last Tuesday's sitting of New Ross District Court on foot of a bench warrant that was issued in December when the defendant was unable to travel to the courthouse in Ardcavan due to the severe weather conditions.

Murphy is charged with failing to comply with the requirements of a closure notice served on him, under the Fire Services Act, and occupying an unlicensed drinking premises, contrary to the Intoxicating Liquor Act, at Tallaght, Saltmills, on July 4, 2010.

Inspector Mick Walsh told the court that the Gardai have 'ongoing issues' in relation to the matter, adding that he has been 'inundated' with complaints from the Vintners Association both locally and nationally as well as from 'numerous' concerned citizens.

'The Vintners beat a path to my office about this,' he said, adding that at a national level the Vintners have made complaints to the highest office.

He also pointed out that since the charges arose on July 4 the defendant has had the 'audacity' to continue to trade and a number of Garda hours have been expended on this case so far.

Gardai have no way of getting access to the premises, the court was told, as the gates are electronically controlled and a CCTV system is in operation.

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