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Dublin off licences urged not to sell booze before 4pm on Paddy’s Day

Off licences in the north inner city have had this agreement with gardaí over the last few years and councillor Mary Fitzpatrick wants others to follow suit.

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Updated 23.09pm

FIANNA FÁIL COUNCILLOR Mary Fitzpatrick has today called on Dublin off licences to “follow the example” of those located in the north inner city and not sell alcohol before 4pm on St Patrick’s Day.

For the last few years, under a voluntary code, off licences in the north inner city have agreed with gardaí not to sell alcohol before that time. Fitzpatrick said she welcomed the fact that off licences in the Cabra area have decided to follow suit this year.

“The St Patrick’s Day parade and the events and attractions built around it means all those attending can look forward to a wonderful day of family fun and entertainment,” said Fitzpatrick.

“By agreeing not to sell alcohol until after 4pm off-licences are playing their part alongside other businesses, Dublin City Council, the gardaí and local communities in creating a welcoming and fun-filled atmosphere free from any public order disruption”.

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Originally published 18.12pm

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