A Stradbally publican described by Judge Catherine Staines as having an appalling record in relation to the licensing laws was last week granted a St Stephen’s Day extension to his opening hours, despite garda objections.
Judge Staines told Mr Brendan Lynch, licensee of Napper Tandy’s, Main street, Stradbally, that the gardaí were correct to object to his application, as he has numerous convictions for selling alcohol after hours.
Outlining garda objections, Insp Aidan Farrelly said that Mr Lynch had been convicted of allowing a person over 15 but under 18 years of age to be on the premises on November 22 this year. He also has numerous after hours convictions, on January 10 this year, December 13, 2012, January 20, 2011, and June 11, 2009.
“He has very little regard for the licensing laws,” remarked Judge Staines.
Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Mr Philip Meagher said that his client normally runs a good ship and is the only publican in the Stradbally area who bothers to apply for extended hours. He said that his client was giving a commitment to stick to the set hours, and he had spent a lot of money on his premises.
Giving evidence, Mr Lynch explained he had taken possession of the pub in 2007 and had done extensive work on the premises. A new function room had been built at the rear and the official opening night was planned for St Stephen’s Day, which was why he was applying for an extension.
He said that he had got nine bar extensions before, at a cost of over €600 each.
Mr Lynch went on to allege he had been the victim of “garda harassment”, claiming that for five weeks running gardaí had spent time in the car park observing his pub. He said that he had made a number of complaints to the superintendent and a garda inspector on the matter, and that former Supt Philip Lyons had been “very fair to me”.
Mr Lynch also said that he himself had only been present on the premises during one of the previous occasions which had led to the after hours convictions.
“You have an appalling record and the inspector is correct to be objecting,” said Judge Staines. “I’ll grant an extension until 2am. If you come before this court again I will not grant you any extension orders. This is your last opportunity.”