Saturday 24 February 2018

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae fined €150 after alcohol consumed in pub 'after hours'

Danny Healy-Rae
Danny Healy-Rae

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When the matter  was called yesterday,  Mr Brosnan   said  the allegations  of March 2014  been withdrawn.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.

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