'Wake-up call' for pub trade
THE failed prosecution of bartenders Gary Wright and Aidan Dalton was yesterday described as a "wake-up call" for the pub trade.
The trial was unprecedented in Irish law. In America and Britain, bartenders and owners of hotels, pubs and restaurants can be prosecuted under 'liquor liability' or corporate manslaughter laws.
However, Ireland does not have any corporate manslaughter laws in place, despite a recommendation to introduce them by the Law Reform Commission.
Yesterday the drinks industry backed calls for the introduction of mandatory training courses for bar staff. Currently two courses are available -- one run by the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) and the other by the Bartenders Association of Ireland (BAI) -- but they are not obligatory.
Drinks industry representatives said a compulsory course would be beneficial.
Andrew O'Gorman, president of the BAI, described the case as a "wake-up call" for the industry.
A spokeswoman for Justice Minister Alan Shatter said, in light of the outcome of yesterday's case, a review will be undertaken of the penalties that can be imposed under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003.