A garda inspector told a court that he would not walk the streets of Bundoran on his own at 2.30 am in the morning.
And Inspector Denis Joyce told Ballyshannon court that the people of a Bundoran “had a right” not to be put in fear by late night incidents.
Inspector Joyce added that on the night of January 19 there were so many people on the streets at 2.30 am that gardai had to call for assistance from Donegal Town to curb the heaving crowds.
The Inspector made his remarks as he commented on Conor McEniff, Main Street, Bundoran applying for eight on-going special exemptions over the next few months for his Paris Fusion Nightclubs.
The Inspector said that Mr McEniff had given free admittance to patrons on the night of the RNLI Dinner Dance a week after the incidents.
This was raising the prospect of the “wrong crowd” getting into a premises and causing trouble, the court heard.
He said that a page on the businessman’s Facebook page stated that due to staff enjoying the NeckNomination that entry was free to the premises.
Mr McEniff’s defence solicitor Lisa Finnegan said there was no evidence that any of Mr McEniff’s patrons were causing trouble and there was no law prohibiting him from giving free entry to his premises.
Conor McEniff apologised for the posting on the Facebook.
“It was wrong and it should not have happened especially in view of what happened elsewhere in the country.
“It should not have gone up on Facebook.
He said he gave free admission as the RNLI had taken up a large proportion of patrons.
The businessman said that he had managed to attract from 40 to 50 people when otherwise he would have had virtually nobody, as it was a very quiet night.
In response to Inspector Denis Joyce’s concerns about crowds on the street he said there were people on the streets late at night in every town in Ireland.
Mr McEniff’s solicitor Lisa Finnegan said there were precedents for people being let in free to premises.
Judge Kevin Kilrane said he noted Mr McEniff’s apology and accepted it as genuine. and added that the Facebook posting should not be repeated.
The judge remarked that sometimes business people indulged in a form of gimmickry to gain and advantage that should not be allowed.
Judge Kilrane said he was allowing the applications for eight on-going special exemptions for the Paris and Fusion nightclubs.