Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Questions (178, 179)

Tony Gregory

Question:

192 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the Garda’s attention has been drawn to concerns of local residents that an off-licence premises (details supplied) in Dublin 7 is the source of alcohol for groups of under age youths; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17603/05]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I have been informed by the Garda authorities that the premises referred to have been brought to the attention of the gardaí by local residents. The premises have been subject to Garda surveillance on a number of occasions and no evidence was found of the supply of alcohol to under age youths. I am assured by the Garda authorities that the area concerned is subject to ongoing foot and mobile patrols by uniform and plain clothes gardaí.

Tony Gregory

Question:

193 Mr. Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the Garda authorities will ensure that licensed premises in an area (details supplied) adjacent to Croke Park will not be permitted to serve alcohol to large crowds of match attendants on the public paths and roads outside these premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17604/05]

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I have been informed by the Garda authorities that local Garda management held a seminar in March 2005 for all licensees from the area concerned. Licensees were invited to take an active role in ensuring that no drinking took place on the unlicensed areas outside their premises. Furthermore, gardaí on duty at events are directed to pay attention to such activity and bring the matter to the immediate attention of the licensee or person in charge. I understand that regular foot and mobile patrols give the matter appropriate attention during their tour of duty. I am assured by the Garda authorities that gardaí will continue to give the matter their ongoing attention.