Nightclubs 'shocked' after licences revoked
Published 01/04/2010 | 05:00
A ROW is brewing after a number of the country's best known nightclubs had their licences to trade after midnight on Good Friday revoked.
More than five different premises in the Dublin area were "shocked" after they were contacted by their solicitors yesterday to say the €410 special exemption licences, already granted in the District Court, had been revoked.
It was unclear exactly why the licences were revoked.
It is understood a number of applications by other venues were refused. Owners believe their licences may have been revoked as a result of those venues questioning why others were permitted to serve alcohol.
Barry O'Sullivan, chief executive of the Irish Nightclub Industry Association, said: "There is a lot of uncertainty around the situation, either way it is an absolute injustice to the people involved, some of whom applied a couple of weeks ago."
"Some of the venues involved it may be their first time to open on Good Friday, but one of our members has been opening on this night for the last 20 years. He has his forecast, his budget and his staffing rosters done. Everyone is trying to save their jobs at the moment," Mr O'Sullivan said.
Many of the venues had spent up to €2,000 advertising that they would be open after midnight on Good Friday.
A source at one affected nightclub, said the barristers, gardai and licence inspectors were called back into court and the licences were revoked.
"I have spoken to all the other pub owners. We are all sickened," he said.