12 April 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

GARDAI and revenue chiefs are involved in an ongoing crackdown on pubs being operated without a current licence in the Border region, including Co. Monaghan.

According to Vintners’ Association sources, there are more unlicensed pubs in Co. Monaghan than anywhere else in the country!.

Yesterday, one licensed vintners’ association regional representative claimed the Mid-Monaghan border town of Castleblayney had recently more pubs operating without current licences than other towns in the region!.

”This came to light when we were trying to organise a strong branch of the vintners organisation in the area,” he said.

“Vintners’ body chiefs in Dublin are understood to have been shocked to learn of the situation”.
Last year, a number of pubs in the region were brought before the District Court for not having licenses renewed.

Some fines, as well as temporary closure orders, were imposed for breaches, and a number of prosecutions were also deferred.

Last week, prosecutions over a number of alleged pub licensing breaches were also adjourned by Judge Alan Mitchell at a sitting of Carrickmacross District Court.

It is understood a major crackdown is now being carried out on all licensed premises in the region to ensure they get their houses in order.

According to revenue and garda sources pubs cannot be allowed to “operate willy-nilly without licenses”.

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