Ahern welcomes new campaign to make Irish nightclubs safer
THE Irish Nightclub Industry Association (INIA) has launched a campaign to set and raise standards in nightclubs across Ireland.
The 'NightSafe' programme has been introduced to prevent crime and disorder and raise standards in crowd control, security management, fire safety, noise control, risk management, drugs and the responsible serving of alcoholic drinks.
Speaking at the launch in Krystle nightclub, which was also attended by Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy, the Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, welcomed the campaign.
"I very much welcome the NightSafe initiative. Its introduction will contribute to the safety and enjoyment of its members' customers," he said.
Meanwhile, Barry O'Sullivan, chief executive of the INIA, said NightSafe had been inspired by some of the best nightclub operators in the country.
"With this initiative, we hope to make the experience of going to nightclubs better, safer and more enjoyable," he said.
"NightSafe encourages social responsibility among nightclub owners, operators and management. It gives them very clear insights into creating and maintaining a safe environment for socialising, with the ultimate goal of promoting sensible, safe and sociable nights out."
The Irish nightclub industry includes more than 300 venues nationwide, employing 4,000 full-time-equivalent jobs and entertains some 500,000 people on average every week.