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Friday 15 December 2017

UK chain plans to tackle drunkeness in pubs here

A judge has heard how a UK pub group plans to tackle drunkenness and disorderly behaviour in Ireland.

JD Wetherspoon Ireland Ltd yesterday successfully applied for its drinks license for the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, Co Dublin. The Irish company, whose UK parent operates 924 pubs, plans to open 30 bars here.

The court heard that the Blackrock premises previously operated as the Tonic Bar and was bought by Wetherspoons in December last. Since then €2.3m has been spent on refurbishments.

Alistair Broome, regional general manager of JD Wetherspoon PLC and responsible for the company's bars here outlined their plans at the Circuit Civil Court.

He said a mystery visitor programme would test the effectiveness of its 
under-age policy, and its staff were trained to ensure that alcohol was not served to anyone who appeared to be drunk.

The company monitored the effectiveness of this training by reviewing the use of the refusal button on the till system which had to be pressed whenever a customer was refused alcohol.

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