Crackdown on sale of alcohol to minors in Newcastle West area

Colm Ward

Reporter:

Colm Ward

Local gardai are cracking down on premises selling alcohol to under-18s
A senior Limerick garda has warned publicans and off-licence operators to always check IDs before selling alcohol to young people - or face the possibility of prosecution.

A senior Limerick garda has warned publicans and off-licence operators to always check IDs before selling alcohol to young people - or face the possibility of prosecution.

This follows a crackdown in Newcastle West in which up to 20 premises were targeted in an operation aimed at identifying those who were selling alcohol to under-18s.

It is understood that at least five stores sold alcohol to an under-age person during the operation. These businesses could now face prosecutions as a result.

Superintendent Tom O’Connor in Newcastle West said this was an “ongoing operation” and warned licensees to always check IDs to ensure they are not selling alcohol to minors.