A NORTH Kerry publican was fined €300 for late hours on a night when he was rushed to hospital, leaving his pub in the hands of another person who allowed people remain on the premises.
Tom Hegarty, of Tomáisín's Bar, Lisselton, was fined €300 by Judge Mary Larkin at Listowel District Court on Thursday. Gardaí inspected the premises at 3.40am on June 24 of last year and found a number of people on the premises.
Solicitor Helena O'Carroll said her client was no longer the licence-holder as he had to 'relinquish' it to another family member due to ill health since the offence occured.
"He was taken to hospital on the night; a 21st was scheduled and it had to proceed in his absence," Ms O'Carroll explained adding that the person to whom he delegated responsibility was 'unfortunately not fully compliant with the drinking laws'.