'Head shop' to leave judge's premises
Published 25/03/2010 | 11:44
A judge who leases his business premises to a so-called "head shop" today said the tenant will leave next month.
District court judge John Coughlan was the focus of controversy after it was revealed he was letting his former solicitor's practice in Naas, Co Kildare, to a trader selling "legal highs".
Happy Daze, directly opposite Naas Courthouse, sells herbal cigarettes and other substances used as alternatives to illegal drugs as well as associated paraphernalia.
Fully-legal head shops around the country have come under a media spotlight recently over concerns about the effects of the alternative drugs they sell.
Judge Coughlan, who is known for showing no mercy to drugs defendants, insisted he believed the premises were being used as an "alternative medicine centre" until it was exposed in local media reports.
In a statement today, the judge said he had reached an agreement with the tenant that Happy Daze will vacate the premises by April 15.
"There were some lease and legal matters to be got over before this issue could be resolved to each parties' satisfaction," he said.
"I am very happy that the matter was resolved by agreement."