Publican avoids conviction with court poor box donation

A Tralee publican has agreed to make a voluntary contribution of €1,250 to the court poor box to avoid a conviction being endorsed on his licence. Tralee Courthouse Jeremiah Turner of Turner’s Bar, Lower Castle Street, Tralee, pleaded guilty to permitting four patrons to be on his premises on May 24th last. Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to the February 10th sitting of Tralee District Court. Inspector Donal Ashe told Tralee District Court that gardai, acting on information received, visited the premises at 10.10am on a Sunday and found four people on the premises. The legal opening hours for licensed premises on Sunday is from 12.30pm, the court heard. Solicitor Rory O’Halloran said the incident was definitely a ‘once off’. He said one of the four people found on was working. He added this was the only person drinking and the others were just waiting. Mr Turner has two previous convictions in 2010 and 2013. Mr O’Halloran apologised to the court on Mr Turner’s behalf and said he was anxious to keep his record clean. Judge O’Connor acknowledged that while Mr Turner had not come to the attention of the gardai in general terms, it was going to cost him to keep his record clean.