30 Sept 2022

Event organisers in Derry warned that late applications for occasional liquor licences may not be granted after concerns raised by PSNI

District Judge Barney McElholm has warned that late applications for occasional liquor licences may not be granted. Speaking at today's sitting of Derry Magistrate's Court Judge McElholm said in future applications submitted late will run the risk of not being granted. He said: "I have had applications coming in on a Friday morning for an event on a Friday night. "In fact on one occasion I was on my way home and was told that an occasional licence application had just come in for that night. "In future if the proper notice is not given then I will not be granting them." A police officer told the court that in future the PSNI are adopting a policy that they will be objecting to all late applications. Judge McElholm said if there were police objections then the licence had little chance of being granted. He added: "If people don't put their applications in on time the courts may not grant them." An application for an occasional licence is supposed to be submitted two weeks prior to the event.

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