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Decision On Renewal Of Licence For Berlin D2 To Be Made Next Month

Laura Donnelly
Laura Donnelly

05:57 21 Apr 2021


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A decision on whether the Berlin D2 bar in Dublin should be allowed to renew its licences will be made next month.

Over the course of a two-day hearing, the licensing court has heard about breaches of Covid-19 guidelines during a boozy brunch event last August.

The lawyer who’s acting for Gardaí opposing the renewal of licences for the Berlin D2 bar accused the owners who gave evidence today of being more concerned about the public backlash on social media afterwards, than the risk to public health.

John Duggan, the manager on duty at the event, said he didn’t see some of the things that happened as bad enough to warrant taking action but he accepted, with hindsight, that he should have done things differently.

The court heard he and a barman who was caught on camera dancing on the counter while pouring drinks into the mouths of customers below were suspended without pay for a week.

Consequences

Two of the owners, Simon Blake Knox and Fiona Kelly, spoke of the consequences if the licences aren’t renewed. Everyone will lose their jobs, the court was told.

The bar accepts a number of guidelines were breached but they say no laws or regulations were broken.

Gardai accept that’s the case but say the blatant disregard for guidelines aimed at keeping the public safe go to the character of the licence holder and should be considered.

A decision will be made next month.

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