Quinns forced to close for two days

By Mark O'Regan

A POPULAR GAA pub in Dublin was ordered to close for two days for breaching food safety laws.

Quinns, on the Drumcondra Road, was one of 14 food businesses issued with an enforcement action in September, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said.

Located at the end of Clonliffe Road, the landmark pub (inset) has become an institution for countless GAA supporters over the past 25 years.

It has long been a pre-match meeting point - and a favoured post-match spot - for many a football and hurling fan.

However, it was ordered to close on September 8 and September 9 for breaches of food safety laws.

"The whole pub was closed down. Everything that was in their basement you could eat had to be destroyed," an FSAI spokeswoman said.

Twelve restaurants, bakeries, grocery shops and a hotel were issued with closure orders last month.

These included Kebabish Tandoori, Lower Clanbrassil St, Dublin 8; Sami Halal Store, Upper Clanbrassil St, Dublin 8, and Asian Foods, Blackrock Market, Main St, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

All of these businesses had the closure orders lifted as soon as the problems were rectified.