KILDARE Co Council is proposing to make bye-laws for the control of consumption and possession of alcohol in public places in the county. These bye-laws would include provision for serving a notice on someone found to be in violation, specifying a fixed payment to be paid – non-payment would result in a prosecution in respect of any offence committed.
A copy of the draft bye-laws can be viewed until Wednesday 8 April 2020 (inclusive) online at https://consult.kildarecoco.ie, the Corporate Services Department (Level 1).
According to the draft document, a public place means a place “to which the public can and do have access” including churches, cemeteries, open spaces, public parks, green spaces and canal banks. A sum of €75 applies to a fixed payment (on summary conviction guilty parties would be liable to a fine not exceeding €1,900), while gardaí or an ‘authorised person’ would have the power to “confiscate all intoxicating liquor in the person’s possession” if they’re of the opinion that an offence has or is being committed.
Submissions or observations can be made online (at the above website) or in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Corporate Services Department, Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare – the closing date for receipt is 5pm on Wednesday 22 April 2020. Submissions should be made through one medium only, online or in hard copy, and email or faxed submissions won’t be accepted.