Sunday 21 December 2014

Pub chain tells court how it will tackle drunks

Ray Managh

Published 26/07/2014 | 02:30

A sign for the new British pub group JD Weatherspoons pub, the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Dublin which will open on the 8th of July
A sign for the new British pub group JD Weatherspoons pub, the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Dublin

A JUDGE has heard how a UK pub group plans to tackle drunkenness and disorderly behaviour in Ireland.

Barrister Constance Cassidy handed in a protocol to the Circuit Civil Court when JD Wetherspoon Ireland Limited, which plans to open 30 new pubs in Ireland, was granted a declaratory order for an extended drinks licence at the Three Tun Tavern, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Ms Cassidy, who appeared with Nicola-Jane Andrews for Wetherspoons, told Judge Matthew Deery there was a very strong emphasis on food from 8-11pm, which was a crucial part of the company's business.

Judge Deery granted the company an order for the extended premises which means that should all development be completed in accordance with planning permission the newly enlarged area will automatically receive a drinks licence.

Ms Cassidy told the court the premises previously operated as Tonic bar, which was acquired by Wetherspoons in December last year.

Alistair Broome, regional general manager of JD Wetherspoon, and responsible for the operation of the company's premises here, had prepared the protocol in which he had outlined the company's plans.

He said the company's proof of age policies would be actively promoted within The Three Tun Tavern including operation of a mystery visitor programme to test the effectiveness of its under-age policy.

Mr Broome also told the court the company took numerous positive steps to ensure that, under its Prevention of Drunkenness and Disorderly Behaviour regime, facilities and promotions offered in its pubs did not encourage excessive consumption of alcohol.

Training

All of their staff were provided with intensive induction and refresher training on its "Don't Do Drunk" policy, which was designed to ensure that alcohol was not served to anyone who appeared to be drunk.

"Our employees are trained to continually assess the state of sobriety of any customer purchasing alcoholic drinks or consuming alcohol within the premises," the protocol stated.

The company monitored the effectiveness of this training by reviewing the use of the "refusal" button on the till system, which had to be pressed whenever a customer was refused alcohol.

Irish Independent

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