Thursday 22 November 2007

Floating pub given go-ahead by court

A new floating pub and restaurant is to open on the River Liffey in Dublin, at a cost of €4m.

The new venture was granted a seven-day licence in the Circuit Civil Court yesterday.

Counsel for pub baron Larry Crowe, who is head of Richmond Properties, told Judge Alison Lindsay he had spent almost €4m on a complete refurbishment of the passenger vessel 'Cill Airne'.

The court heard the ship had been fitted out with several bars, lounges and a plush restaurant and would be docked close to the National Conference Centre in Dublin Docks.

Garda opposition to the venture, which was successfully countered, maintained the ship was not a premises and that its presence would create problems in relation to the congregation of people on the quayside.

David Higgins, project manager of the Dublin Docklands Development Association, said the Cill Airne had been granted a 10-year licence to berth on the river.

The court heard there had been a precedent for the licensing of a ship as a pub on the River Liffey. The broadcaster Eamon Andrews had run a pub and night club in the MV Arran, docked close to the Customs House.

As a permanently berthed vessel, the boat would only have to be moved into dry dock only every three years for safety checks in accordance with regulations.

Judge Lindsay said she was satisfied that the ship was a premises for the purpose of granting a drinks licence and restaurant certificate.

Ray Managh
Irish Independent

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