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Is Brian Cowen Flouting our Smoking Ban


Iarmhi Gael

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Twice inside the last 4 weeks Brian Cowen has been reported to be floutting our Smoking ban...

Taoiseach Brian Cowen last night admitted to lighting up a cigarette in an undesignated smoking area after a sell-out match in Croke Park.

Read more: Brian Cowen could face court for lighting up at GAA match - Republic of Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
It has also been suggested that several reporters saw Brian Cowen smoking in a non-designated smoking area of the bar on Monday night

Mr Cowen had been smoking, drinking and singing in a bar until almost 3.30am. "This is not Fine Gael's problem. This is our problem," said a Fianna Fail source, who added: "We should be able to call it like it is."

http://www.herald.ie/national-news/cowens-own-men-draw-up-leadership-list-2339765.html
 
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DCon

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He is de Teesh.

He can do whatever he wants
 

berberie

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Twice inside the last 4 weeks Brian Cowen has been reported to be floutting our Smoking ban...



It has also been suggested that several reporters saw Brian Cowen smoking in a non-designated smoking area of the bar on Monday night
Probably a naive question, but why has he not been fined?
 

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Isn't it also against the law to serve someone more alcohol when they've clearly had one way too many? I'll go and look it up..........petunia
 

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Found it. it's under citizeninformation.ie

Patrons of licenced bars and premises in Ireland are expected to behave at all times with due respect for others. The law on conduct in licenced premises changed in August 2003. It is now an offence under the 2003 Act to supply alcohol to a drunken person and to admit a drunken person to a bar. (A 'drunken person' is someone intoxicated to such a degree that they may endanger themselves or other people). Any licence holder that allows this to occur on their premises is liable to a summary conviction of €3,000 for a first offence and €5,000 for any subsequent offence.
 

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just because it is an undesignated smoking area, doesn't mean it is illegal to smoke there, - unless is it undesignated by the law. e.g. you can't smoke inside in a pub. that is illegal. the gaa say you can't smoke in croke park, but it's not actually indoors, so that's not illegal. it's just their rule.
 

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New comment from Cowen on the issue
Asked if he was aware that this was illegal he responded: "When the Taoiseach does it, that means it isn't illegal!"
 

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The laws are written for us, not for them.
Oooo so true but so wrong. In recent weeks I've viewed both an off duty Garda and TD on a hand held phone whilst driving!!
 

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Surely this story cannot be true, can it? I am no fan of Cowen's (at all). But I cannot believe that he would be so utterly stupid as to break the law, if that is what implied.

The whole FF 'drink in' is sounding more and more like Fawlty Towers. What the hell were they thinking? :rolleyes:
 

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I would presume the drinking was all being done legally as they were residents of the hotel.
King I think the suggestion was more to do with the responsibility of publican not to serve drink to those already inebriated rather than after hours drinking.
 

Baron von Biffo

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Found it. it's under citizeninformation.ie

Patrons of licenced bars and premises in Ireland are expected to behave at all times with due respect for others.
:lol:

The law on conduct in licenced premises changed in August 2003. It is now an offence under the 2003 Act to supply alcohol to a drunken person and to admit a drunken person to a bar. (A 'drunken person' is someone intoxicated to such a degree that they may endanger themselves or other people).
:lol:

Any licence holder that allows this to occur on their premises is liable to a summary conviction of €3,000 for a first offence and €5,000 for any subsequent offence.
:lol:

Publicans, like taxi drivers, are above the law.
 

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no doubt like all FF spin...either he didn't inhale or it was a grass up by the fitz-jailers.
 

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The whole FF 'drink in' is sounding more and more like Fawlty Towers. What the hell were they thinking? :rolleyes:
THINKING? FIANNA FAIL? :(

Methinks thou dost give the knaves too much credit.

"O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains! that we should, with joy, pleasance, revel, and applause, transform ourselves into beasts!"
~William Shakespeare, Othello
 
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But if Cowen goes down for his law breaking dont we go with him? Afterall we paid for it.
 

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