District Court Judge cuts back opening hours of some premises in Tralee

A District Court Judge has cut back the opening hours of some premises in Tralee by half an hour in the interests of public safety, public order and in consideration of residents living close to the premises. The decision of the court was handed down following an application by Gardai in Tralee to cut the opening times of bars and nightclubs from 2:30 am to 2am. During a previous hearing at Tralee District court, Gardai gave evidence of 682 public order offences in Tralee between January and September of this year. 42% of all the public order offences recorded during that period occurred between the hours of 1 and 5am. Superintendent Pat Sullivan had said that has been a 110% increase in the number of assaults when compared with similar figures in 2005. However this has been disputed by members of the vintners, who say there is a national problem at weekends and these problems are not necessarily due to late opening. Today in handing down his judgement judge James O Connor said we must look at public opinion rather than the clanging of business tills all the time. Judge O Connor says the matter will be looked at again in September 2007.