Leitrim’s councillors have called for new bye-laws to be introduced covering on-street advertising of cheap alcohol, especially in the county town, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Cllr Enda McGloin put forward a motion at Monday’s Council meeting noting the proliferation of on-street signage advertising cheap alcohol, especially on weekends, outside of pubs and niteclubs.
Addressing the Council Cllr McGloin said that the signage put in place was inappropriate and he said it is “important to do something about this in the context of the wider issue of alcohol abuse in this country.”
“Putting up signs promoting cheap alcoholic cocktails is not something I believe would attract the general tourist to places like Carrick-on-Shannon. This is not what we want to see in Carrick and I think that the Council needs to send out a signal that this sort of advertising should not be put out on our streets.”
Responding to his motion, the Assistant Director of Service, Planning, Community and Economic Development said that the Council had already “commenced a campaign of education and awareness surrounding the requirements of the Council’s recently adopted policy relating to the erection of advertising and directional signage on public land”.
It was pointed out that this type of weekend alcohol promotion signage was not exempt from the bye laws for signage in the county and “is ineligible for consideration under the temporary sign permit provisions of the policy.”
“The Council will follow up any reported incidences of unauthorised development and take appropriate action. The broader issue of alcohol availability and abuse, particularly by minors, will be considered by a sub committee of the Joint Policing Committee later this month,” added the Assistant Director of Service.
Cllr John Ward supported the call for stronger restrictions on alcohol promotion stating that this wasn’t the sort of image that Co Leitrim wished to put out about its county town.
It was also noted that a recent ruling by former Mohill based solicitor and now serving District Court Judge, Kevin P Kilrane, had ruled against the sale of below cost alcohol during a recent court sitting in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal (see page & for full court report).
It was felt that this ruling may have implications for niteclubs and pubs selling or promoting cheap alcohol in future.
“This is something which we really need to tackle now,” insisted Cllr McGloin.