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Information on the Granting & Renewal of Alcohol Licences August 2017

According to the latest figures extracted from the Revenue Commissioners’ Liquor License Register 01/07/17  there are 294 current valid liquor licenses in Galway City. Nationally, a key recommendation to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm is that “the general public should be better informed on the methods and grounds for objecting to the granting or renewal of licences”. Therefore, at a local level, as part of the Galway City Alcohol Strategy (2013 -2017), the Galway Alcohol Forum has looked in to the process for granting and renewing licences to inform the public of the process if they have legitimate concerns.

The annual licensing court for the renewal of licences and the application for new licences will sit in Galway district court on 27th September 2017. If a person has a legitimate concern and wishes to object to the issue of a licence, that person should contact the local district court office on 091 511532 to obtain a form or download the form from http://www.courts.ie/  Form  No. 80.1, Courts (No. 2) Act, 1986,Section 4

NOTICE OF OBJECTION TO RENEWAL OF INTOXICATING LIQUOR LICENCE

a)  lodge it in person to the district court to get a stamp
b) send a copy registered post to the licensee with which the objection is against
c) send a copy to the Gardaí in Mill St Garda Station

All of the above has to be completed 21 days in advance of the court sitting, which is the 6th September.
Some laws in relation to the sale of alcohol include:
- Regular licensing hours for the on-trade (pubs) are from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday and 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 12.30 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. An additional 30 minutes drinking up time is permitted.
- Under licensing legislation it is an offence for a licence-holder to sell or supply alcohol to anyone under the age of 18. It is also an offence for anyone to buy alcohol for a person under the age of 18 or to give alcohol to a person under the age of 18. When a licensee is found guilty in respect of supplying alcohol to an under aged person the Judge may issue a closure order in respect of that premises. The closure period for a first offence is “up to 7 days” and for a second or subsequent offence “up to 30 days”.
- It is an offence to serve alcohol to a person who is drunk. By law a “drunken person” means a person who is intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable fear that the person might endanger themselves or anyone else.
The relevant Court may refuse to grant the required court certificate on one or more of the following grounds:

• the character, misconduct or unfitness of the person applying;

• the unfitness or inconvenience of the premises;

• the unsuitability of the premises for the needs of persons residing in the neighbourhood; and

• the adequacy of the existing number of licensed premises of the same character in the neighbourhood.


Renewed Liquor License Register
http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/excise/excise-licensing/renewed-liquor-licence-register.xls