GARDAI have prosecuted 61 publicans nationwide for serving alcohol to drunk people, the Irish Independent has learned.
The little-known offence was introduced in 2003 to tackle Ireland's binge drinking culture, which is among the worst in Europe.
Publicans who supply alcohol to a drunk person or to a friend buying drink for a drunken person are automatically fined €1,500 for their first offence and €2,000 for any subsequent offence.
Alcohol Action Ireland said the enforcement of the offence for serving drunken people was a positive development.
"There is no point in introducing legislation if there's no enforcement of it," " This is a new measure and it will take some time. But it's a start and it's the first sign of the law being implemented."
"Responsible serving should ensure no one is served when they are drunk," said Policy officer Sinead Shannon.
"But we all know from being out on a Saturday night, that people are wandering around drunk, and far more than 61 of them."
Oh my god. SAY IT AIN'T SO, NOT DRUNK ON A SATURDAY NIGHT!
I've been saying it for years, this bloody country is turning into the biggest bloody nanny state of all. As an adult, who has the right to tell me I have had one drink to many? Who determines how drunk a person is? Do I need to fall over? Slur? What if I"m a good drunk and it's hard to tell? What if I only look drunk? What if I"m just a giddy person? What if I wasn't drunk until I stood up and wandered outside?
Last week this stupid country forced a woman -a jehovah's Witness-to undergo a blood transfusion she expressly said she did not want. They said it was for the sake of the 'baby' she had given birth to. Now while I think allowing yourself to die due to religious beliefs is stupid, I respect that as an adult she has the right to control her own body. BUT OH NO, Nanny State steps in and violates her human rights and forces her to undergo a medical procedure because Nanny know best.
How long do you suppose it wil be before the government will start to tippity-tap it's fingers together and come up with yet more rules. What's next? Will it sanction the type of food we eat? (like when T bone steak was banned) The clothes we wear?
Do we have to bend to the will of our (corrupt) overlords without ever questioning a single thing?
Keep your damned paws off my rights, you government you!