Monday 12 November 2018

Red Cow Inn fined for sale of cigarettes to schoolboy

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Tom Tuite

The Red Cow Inn, one of Ireland's best known pubs, has been fined €2,000 for selling cigarettes to a minor during an undercover test purchase.

T&S Taverns, trading as Red Cow Inn, was prosecuted at Dublin District Court by the HSE which had sent an environmental health inspector and a 15-year-old test buyer to the pub on July 28 last year. The firm was also ordered to pay €1,000 in prosecution costs.

Environmental Health Officer Andrew Byrne told Judge John Brennan court that on July 28 he and the schoolboy test purchaser went to the pub.

Mr Byrne said he ordered a drink at the bar. The boy approached the bar and another member of staff came over to serve him.

The teen asked her for a token for the cigarette vending machine and she gave one to him, Mr Byrne said. She asked him his age and he told her he was 15, the court was told.

The pub worker asked him if the cigarettes were for him and he replied that they were, Judge Brennan heard.

Mr Byrne approached the staff member and told her a test purchase had been carried out.

She said she did not know the legal age for selling cigarettes.

Irish Independent

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