E1000 donation ‘not enough’

A donation of e1000 to a Louth playground group will not be enough to have a charge dismissed against a publican who sold alcohol to a minor, Judge Flann Brennan said at Dundalk Court.

A donation of e1000 to a Louth playground group will not be enough to have a charge dismissed against a publican who sold alcohol to a minor, Judge Flann Brennan said at Dundalk Court.

The owners of Sarks Bar, Valley Lodge, Louth Village speared in court charged with the offence on February 18 last year.

The court heard that a 15-year-old person had been able to make a test purchase of alcohol at the pub.

The case had been put back from a previous court. Solicitor Sean T O’Reilly, appearing for the defendants, said they were willing to pay a substantial donation – e1,000 – to the Killanny Playground Group.

Mr O’Reilly said the pub owner was a hardworking family man who did not want to find himself in this situation.

He had accepted what had happened in the sale to the juvenile.

It was stated that the person who sold the alcohol did not believe that the young person was only 15. Judge Brennan said the e1,000 offered was not enough.

The e1,000 is to be paid over to the playground group but a further e1,000 would also have to be paid, he said.

He put the case back to June 5.