Chair of the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee, Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, today called on off-licences in the rest of Dublin to follow the example of those located in the north inner city and to not sell alcohol before 4pm on St. Patrick’s Day.

Cllr. Fitzpatrick said that for the last few years, under a voluntary code agreed with the Gardai, off-licences in the North Inner city have agreed not to sell alcohol before 4pm on St Patrick’s Day and she welcomed the fact that off-licences in the Cabra area have also agreed to adopt the voluntary code. 

Cllr. Fitzpatrick, the Fianna Fail candidate for Dublin in the European election said she was now calling on the other off-licences in the rest of Dublin to sign up to the voluntary code and stay closed until 4pm.

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