NEW bylaws have been introduced which will allow gardai to issue on-the-spot fines to anyone who is caught drinking alcohol in public areas within the city limits.
The public consumption of alcohol has been banned for some time but until now gardai were limited in what actions they could take against those who were caught drinking in public.
Earlier this year, the head of the Limerick garda division, Chief Supt David Sheahan requested that the existing Intoxicating Liquor bylaws be amended to give gardai the power to issue on-the-spot fines.
This, he said, would assist gardai in their ability to combat alcohol-related offences in the city and to maintain public order.
Welcoming the introduction of the new bylaws, the Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, says he believes the amended regulations will benefit the the public at large. “I am hopeful that the enforcement of these bylaws will allow people to enjoy public amenities with greater confidence,” he said.
Chief Supt Sheahan said: “From a Garda perspective we are pleased with the enhancement of these bylaws. I would like to remind the public that it is in your interests to comply with the law. Do not consume alcohol in public open spaces and avoid being fined.”