Councillor Danny Healy-Rae fined €150 after alcohol consumed in pub 'after hours'
KERRY County Councillor and publican Danny Healy-Rae has been fined €150 after he pleaded guilty to allowing people to consume alcohol “after hours” in his premises.
Kenmare District Court was told 30 people were on the premises, Healy Raes Bar, Main Street, Kilgarvan when gardai arrived shortly before 2am on October 12, 2013 - an hour after they should have been.
Garda Supt Flor Murphy, prosecuting, said when gardai arrived at 1.55am, “there were thirty people in the pub”..
“Drinking up time was between 12.30 and 1 am,” Supt Murphy told Kenmare District Court yesterday.
Mr Healy Rae had one previous conviction for after hours. That conviction was in 2012, the court was told.
Mr Healy Rae’s solicitor Eoin Brosnan, the former Kerry footballer , said the Healy-Rae bar was “a very well run premises”. There was only one previous conviction. The bar was an hour over time because of a family birthday party. In fact most of those present were there because of the birthday party and the other customers had all gone home, the solicitor said.
The 60-year-old councillor and publican was initially summonsed last December before Kenmare District Court on two separate allegations of after hours – that of Oct 12, 2013 and another in relation to a Sunday night in March 2014.
On that occasion, Mr Brosnan asked for all documents such as garda notebooks to be furnished to him and the matter was adjourned to today to allow for that.
When the matter was called yesterday, Mr Brosnan said the allegations of March 2014 been withdrawn. His client was pleading to the “after hours” summons of Garda James Hendrick in relation to October 12, 2013 – of allowing people to consume alcohol at a time prohibited by the licence.
Judge James O’Connor convicted Mr Healy Rae and fined him €150 with seven months to pay.