Bylaws needed to tackle’brown bag culture’ of street drinking

Tackle the “brown bag culture” of boozing in the street by introducing bylaws prohibiting drinking in public areas of Portlaoise.

Tackle the “brown bag culture” of boozing in the street by introducing bylaws prohibiting drinking in public areas of Portlaoise.

That was the proposal made by Cllr Willie Aird during the recent Portlaoise Municipal District meeting.

He called on Laois County Council to introduce the bylaws prohibiting drinking in public areas so that the councillors would then be in a position to pass the bylaws.

“People are drinking, people are being harassed for money, as public representatives we want to be seen to have done what we can,” he said at County Hall last week.

“No one is looking to prohibit beer gardens,” clarified Cllr Noel Tuohy,” it’s to stop these people walking up and down with cans intimidating people.”

“The brown bag culture,” added Cllr Caroline Dwane.

The councillors were informed in a written reply from Ms Carmel McNicholl, acting senior planner with Laois County Council, that there is no provision for the introduction of bylaws under the Planning and Development Act 2000, and this is not a function of the planning authority.