County Kerry Councilor Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan has called on the government to stop selling take-out pints.
he representative of Killarney, who is also a publican, said Current affairs lunch that people “walking around with plastic cups and stuff” is not a picture we want for his city.
“If we want the outdoor life to continue into the summer, then we have to coexist with other businesses and with residents,” he said.
“And I think the on-the-go pints are the first step towards that.
“I don’t think there is a need for take-out pints, and we respect the town we live in – it’s not a picture we would like to portray for Killarney because Killarney is a family town, it is is a safe city.
“I can understand that if young people, or anyone, is walking down the street with plastic glasses in their hands and older people are walking down the street, it can be a little intimidating.
“Walking around with plastic cups and stuff is not a picture we want for Killarney.
“I think it’s a national problem, I think the government just needs to stop selling takeout pints.
“The alfresco dining room could work, but we all need to coexist: publicans must coexist with our retail neighbors, we must also respect neighborhood residents.
“And, at the end of the day, people living in cities across Ireland must be respected.
“Greed should never exceed quality of life.”
Yesterday, the Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the government would introduce legislation to address street service by pubs and restaurants not covered by alcohol licenses.
The Taoiseach’s comments come after a number of pubs in Galway were warned by Gardaí that alcohol cannot be served outside their premises.
Justice Minister Heather Humphreys said on Monday that the gardaí would “use his discretion” to ensure that street hospitality can continue, but also said the government “was considering whether further measures were needed.”
In January, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said they were working on new public health regulations that strengthen the law “on alcohol consumption on public streets, and which will give the gardaí more enforcement powers.”
“When it comes to selling takeout alcohol, it’s not illegal – anyone who takes their takeout… you can get your bottle of wine or beer with that, nobody wants to ban it. .
“So what we could potentially do is ban the sale of all alcohol after a certain time of day.
“It’s that kind of thing that we watch,” he added.
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