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Comment #4702746 by Rory O'Neill

Rory O'Neill Jan 26th 2016, 1:35 PM #

Unfortunately every bar, regardless of whether they serve food or not, is considered a “food premises” under the legislation. I own a bar in Dublin city centre, the only food we serve is packets of peanuts, and we are dog friendly. We’ve had two visits from the health officer about it who told me I couldn’t have my own small dog in the bar. The officer implied they’d had a complaint from a member of the public but I don’t really believe that – she also said she’d been passing the closed bar and saw the dog through the window. I was very firm about my position: the dog stays, and if they wanted to drag me in front of a judge and waste everyone’s time, they could go ahead. (the dog is hardly going to open bottles of beer and pee in them, and as far as I’m concerned a dog is no more a health issue than customers wearing their street shoes in). I haven’t heard from them again and that was about two years ago.

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Dublin pub MVP has been forced to stop letting dogs in

Dublin pub MVP has been forced to stop letting dogs in

Pubs are classified as ‘food premises’ – and dogs aren’t legally allowed inside.

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    Favourite Graham Kavanagh
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    Jan 26th 2016, 2:26 PM

    I’d be more concerned about the number of fine gael politicians who have been through your doors in the last couple for years, Rory. Whatever about Penny being a hygiene risk, they’re politicians – who knows where their hands have been?

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    Jan 26th 2016, 4:14 PM

    At the end of the day it’s a business that must follow rules, and it’s the same rule for everyone. Not a waste of everyone’s time to bring you to court if it sets the example for the other 8000 pubs in the country. Kids are permitted in bars and some dogs can be dangerous around small kids. Drinks and food are also consumed on site and dogs sh** and pi** everywhere.

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    Favourite Graham Kavanagh
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    Jan 26th 2016, 4:56 PM

    Babies sh*t and p*ss everywhere and some people can be dangerous around small children. It’s high time we ban people from bars and restaurants!

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    Jan 26th 2016, 6:26 PM

    Why are you taking your kids to a gay bar? Are you trying to make the Iona Institute cry? If so, carry on

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    Favourite Graham Kavanagh
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    Jan 26th 2016, 6:47 PM

    He’s hoping a gay couple will steal his brats to raise as their own.

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