Book not thrown at Library bar in Limerick city as case is dismissed

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

A judge dismissed the objection to the Limerick city centre located Library bar’s licence being renewed

A judge dismissed the objection to the Limerick city centre located Library bar’s licence being renewed

A WOMAN objected to a Limerick city's pub’s licence being renewed because she alleges she was assaulted by a man who shouldn’t have been let in to the city centre establishment.

Donna Blackhall took the case against the Library bar in Kilmallock Court. There was no representative of the pub in court. Solicitor for Ms Blackhall, Con Barry, asked his client what occurred on June 22, 2014.

She said she went in to the premises with a friend and was approached by a male who was named in court.

“He was getting aggressive. He was arguing. I was on the dance floor. He punched me. Two security guards took him outside. They left him in and he punched me again. I fell down,” said Ms Blackhall.

Kilmallock Court heard that a security guard asked how Ms Blackhall was.

“I said, ‘You let him back in’. Then I left,” said Ms Blackhall, who added that her jaw was broken in two places.

Judge Timothy Lucey asked Ms Blackhall why she wanted to take the pub’s licence away.

“He is known to all the pubs in Limerick. They know how aggressive he is. I don’t think he should have been left in,” said Ms Blackhall.

Mr Barry said his client was “assaulted not once but twice” by a male who security guards are well aware of.

“He shouldn’t have been let in,” said Mr Barry.

Judge Lucey said he can understand a grievance against the person who allegedly assaulted her but asked why they would want to take away the pub’s licence?

“That is the nuclear option. You are taking away their livelihood. I am refusing the objection. I have no problem with you suing - they are yet to be proven. You want them to have lots of money to pay your claim,” said Judge Lucey.

The judge said there most be rows in pubs “all the time”.