Shop sold beer to Garda test teenager who ‘slipped through’

A shopkeeper who was prosecuted over the sale of alcohol to a 16 year old, in a garda ‘test purchase’ case, had his case adjourned at Dundalk District Court last week so he can pay €2,000 to charity.

A shopkeeper who was prosecuted over the sale of alcohol to a 16 year old, in a garda ‘test purchase’ case, had his case adjourned at Dundalk District Court last week so he can pay €2,000 to charity.

The court heard that Sean McGuirk (39) of Spar, Hazel Court, Bay Estate was licensee of the off licence, where the teenager bought four cans of beer on the 12th of April last year without being asked for identification as proof of age.

The Defence told the court that the accused had no previous convictions and has never come to garda attention before.

He added that unfortunately the business is closed as it was ‘ a victim of the times’ and had folded over the last two months.

The court heard that there were firm guidelines in regard to the serving of underage persons and there was a zero tolerance within the business ‘but this slipped through’.

The Defence asked that Mr. McGuirk be allowed keep his clean record by making a contribution to charity.

Judge Flann Brennan put back the case to the 16th of October to allow him time to do so.