Sold drink after hours

A PORTLAOISE publican has been fined for selling alcohol out of hours.

A PORTLAOISE publican has been fined for selling alcohol out of hours.

Loughlin Delaney was charged with the offence at Lockey’s Pub, Market Square, Portlaoise, on August 12 last year.

Inspector Dermot Drea gave evidence that gardaí discovered 60 people on the premises at 1.30am. Alcohol was being served and there were also musicians present. The inspector said there was a fundraiser taking place, but there was no special exemption for late opening.

Defence said that there had been a fundraiser for Laois Hospice on the night, which raised €2,600.

“He lost track of time,” said defence.

“He’s a publican - he knows what closing time is,” retorted Judge Catherine Staines.

Delaney was fined €400.