West Limerick publican fined for breaching licencing laws for third time

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man was prosecuted before Newcastle West District Court in relation to an offence which was detected at Cronins Bar

The man was prosecuted before Newcastle West District Court in relation to an offence which was detected at Cronins Bar

A WEST Limerick publican was fined €300 after he was convicted of breaching the licencing laws at a pub he owns, for a third time.

Wayne Cronin, aged 48, was prosecuted before Newcastle West District Court in relation to an offence which was detected at Cronins Bar in the town during the early hours of March 12, last.

While the defendant was summoned in relation to five offences relating to the night, Inspector Alan Cullen said the State was proceeding with a single charge given his guilty plea.

He told Judge Flann Brennan that Sergeant Alberta McWalter observed between 25 and 30 people in the pub when she called to the premises to carry out an inspection at 1.23am – more than two hours after closing time.

“Closing time was 11 O’clock”, he said adding the defendant has two previous convictions for similar offences.

Mr Cronin was fined €200 in January after he was before the court in relation to an offence in the early hours of August 5, 2017 while a fine of €400 was imposed in May relating to an offence which happened on September 25, 2017.

On that occasion, almost 100 people were found to be drinking after hours when gardai called to the premises.

In relation to the most recent offences, Insp Cullen said most of those who were in the pub when gardai called were drinking.

He said Sgt McWalter noted a number of “full glasses” and that a few of the patrons “were quite drunk”.

The inspector added that no “concerted effort” was being made by Mr Cronin to clear the premises when gardai arrived.

Solicitor John Lynch said his client, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the pub trade, was hosting a fundraising event and that he believed a special late night exemption was in place for the night.

“There wasn’t” he said urging the court to note his client’s cooperation and guilty plea.

While noting that Mr Cronin has two previous convictions for similar offences, Judge Brennan proceeded to imposed a €300 fine.

The defendant was given six months to pay.