Nightclubs welcome licensing hours ruling

Nightclub bosses have welcomed new court orders which have allowed their premises to serve drink until 2.30am.

Nightclub bosses have welcomed new court orders which have allowed their premises to serve drink until 2.30am.

Senior gardaí had threatened to cut back the licensing hours in a bid to reduce public order problems in Dublin.

But today the Licensing Court upheld the existing 2.30am times for city nightclubs.

The Nightclub Industry Association said it was satisfied with the outcome.

But spokesman Jay Bourke added: “The idea that our businesses were being threatened in the first place was outrageous.”

However, District Court president, Judge Peter Smithwick granted Garda applications to reduce opening times for nightclubs that use theatre licences.

This loophole had allowed bars in Dublin clubs to legally stay open until 3.30am or 4am.

Under the new conditions imposed by Judge Smithwick, theatre-licensed premises must not serve alcohol after 3am now.

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