Well known Dunfanaghy woman fined for illegally running a bar

A well-known Dunfanaghy based business woman has been fined €1,000 for illegally running a bar in the seaside town.

A well-known Dunfanaghy based business woman has been fined €1,000 for illegally running a bar in the seaside town.

Ann Sweeney pleaded guilty to trading without a licence in 2010 but not guilty to two other charges relating to aiding and abetting another and operating without a dance licence.

Fining her €1,000 Judge Paul Kelly said at Letterkenny District Court that her actions left other publicans in the Dunfanaghy area at a “competitive disadvantage”.

The court heard a Revenue officer entered the bar in 2010 and ordered a glass of whiskey and she admitted she was unlicensed at the time.

Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian argued that the aiding and abetting charge amounted to her being charged with aiding and abetting herself. This was struck out.

He also argued she was not liable for the dance licence offence as she was neither the owner of the bar nor the organiser of the dance event in question.

Garda Inspector David Murphy sought an adjournment to get further legal advice on the charges relating to aiding and abetting another and operating without a dance licence. This part of the case was adjourned to next September.

After issuing the fine in relation to the charge of illegally running a bar, Judge Paul Kelly told her: “Other premises in this area were operating at a disadvantage. Everyone in this business has had to struggle due to the economic conditions, yet others managed to stay compliant.”