Wednesday 17 January 2018

Bar staff in court over drink death

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Two barmen are due to go on trial for the manslaughter of a British man who died from acute alcohol intoxication.

The landmark prosecution against Gary Wright and Aidan Dalton is listed to begin in Co Tipperary tomorrow.

It is the first case of its kind under the liquor liability laws in Ireland.

Wright, 34, a bar manager at Hayes Hotel in Thurles, and Dalton, a 29-year-old barman, are charged with unlawfully killing hotel guest Graham Parish.

Mr Parish, from Calder Terrace in Lomeshaye village near Nelson, east Lancashire, was staying at the hotel when he died of acute alcohol intoxication on July 1 2008.

The barmen, both from Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary, are expected to go on trial at Nenagh Circuit Court.

Located at Liberty Square in Thurles, Hayes Hotel dates to the 18th century and is where the GAA was founded on November 1 1884, when it was known as the Commercial Hotel.

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