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'It shouldn't have happened' - Quinn's firm after Herald sewage pictures


The scene inside Quinn's pub in Drumcondra

The scene inside Quinn's pub in Drumcondra

The scene inside Quinn's pub in Drumcondra

The firm that owns Quinn's pub in Drumcondra has admitted that the breach in health regulations that caused it to be temporarily shut down "shouldn't have happened".

Yesterday the Herald revealed the shocking images of a massive sewage leak inside the pub a week before it was closed for 48 hours after a health inspection, the day after the All-Ireland Hurling final.

"Obviously it's not good and it shouldn't have happened," Pat McCann, a director of the Quinn Hospitality Ireland Operations 2 Limited group which owned Quinn's at the time, told the Herald.

"All issues have been resolved," he added.

The company is not involved in the day-to-day running of Quinn's pub in Drumcondra, which was being run by a separate management company on behalf of Quinn International Property, of which Mr McCann is also a director.

Meanwhile, the Herald can also reveal that the inspection at the pub was carried out after the HSE received an anonymous letter - including pictures of the sewage leak - on Monday September 8, 2014.

Quinn's was this week fined €1,750 for failing the HSE inspection carried out that day.

All of the drinks in the basement, worth €25,000, had to be destroyed, Dublin District Court was told.

Licensed Vintners Association chief Donall O'Keeffe said he wouldn't comment on the Quinn's case but said all pubs should uphold health and safety standards.

"The laws regarding health and safety, supply maintenance and alcohol storage are important for publicans, like all businesses, and it is very important that this is upheld and inspected properly," he said.