Judge warns nightclubs on cheap drink promotions

A Bundoran nightclub has been accused of being in contempt of court for charging just €2 for shorts after promising to sell drink “at commercial prices”.

A Bundoran nightclub has been accused of being in contempt of court for charging just €2 for shorts after promising to sell drink “at commercial prices”.

Solicitor Kathleen Dolan raised the issue at Ballyshannon District Court.

She told Judge Kevin Kilrane she had reason to believe that Conor McEniff, proprietor of Paris Nightclub, was in contempt of court.

At a previous licensing hearing, concerns were voiced about cheap drinks promotions at the club. Mr McEniff gave an undertaking to Judge Kilrane that he would “sell drink at commercial prices”.

Ms Dolan read information she had printed off the club’s Facebook page about the club’s “Budget Buster” promotion which advertises the price for vodka, bacardi, Peach Schnapps, Malibu, Jagermeister and Goldschlager as €2.

Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that gardai had carried out inspections of all licensed premises in Bundoran and had found no problems. They had enquired about the €2 promotion on Friday nights and “the proprietor said it had been ongoing for the last two years.”

Judge Kilrane commented: “Mr McEniff gave an undertaking to charge commercial prices. All parties should revert to commercial prices and not get involved in a race to the bottom, as it were.”

He said the €2 promotion “doesn’t constitute contempt of court as such but it would affect future applications”.

He added: “We also need to take a look at competing premises which Mr McEniff drew our attention to last time” and said it was a situation that would require “ongoing monitoring”.