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Written Answers - Liquor Licensing Laws

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 155.  Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy  asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter  further to Parliamentary Question No. 150 of 1 February, his views that nightclubs should be permitted to serve alcohol in glasses in view of concerns arising from broken glass harming persons accidentally or unintentionally. [7353/12]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter As I indicated in my response to Parliamentary Question No. 150 of 1 February, neither the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011 nor the Metrology Acts 1980 to 1996 regulate the type of containers in which alcohol is sold or supplied. The position is that the majority of licensed premises, including those operating as nightclubs, are operated in a peaceable and orderly manner by the licensees concerned and the imposition of a statutory prohibition on the use of glass containers would be disproportionate and unreasonable. Of course licensees have a duty of care towards their customers and this may necessitate the use of alternative types of containers in certain circumstances and the use of such containers is not prohibited.


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