Pub owner fuming at €5,000 fine for smoking area
Published 30/07/2011 | 05:00
A PUB owner has been left fuming after she was fined €5,000 for not having a proper smoking area.
Carmel Doherty of Keeney's Bar in Glenties, Co Donegal -- the village which hosts the MacGill Summer School -- was outraged to be hit with a fine and told to close her smoking area.
The same smoking area had been operating at the pub for the past 10 years and had been visited by numerous environmental health officers who passed it, she said last night.
Ms Doherty added that her pub had been visited by many delegates who attended the summer school over the years.
She said the country was being strangled by legislation when small business should be encouraged.
The pub owner had also been serving sandwiches to MacGill delegates but was also told to stop because her kitchen was too small.
She became so angry that she put a sandwich board outside her premises to protest at the fine.
The sign reads: "No food served here today due to over-regulation".