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Popular Dublin cafe fined for breaking the smoking ban

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Fine: The popular cafe is located on Aston Quay in Dublin city
Fine: The popular cafe is located on Aston Quay in Dublin city

A DUBLIN city-centre cafe has been fined €500 for breaking the smoking ban.

RocknBlues Ltd, the owners of the Blucaffe at Aston Quay, Dublin 2, were also ordered to pay €320 in legal costs.

Health Service Executive (HSE) officer Michael McAleer told Judge John O'Neill he inspected the cafe on July 2 last and “observed a number of people smoking” in a room at the front. Their smoking area was enclosed, Dublin District Court heard.

Two windows were open and the room was separated from the rest of the cafe by a partition wall.

Counsel defending said that previously the smokers had been going out on to Aston Quay but “there was problems with people getting bags stolen.” The owners thought by opening the windows in the room at the front of the cafe they would be compliant with the laws banning smoking indoors at a workplace. 

The defence said they have given an undertaken not to do it again.

The company, which was prosecuted by the HSE, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Public Health Tobacco Act 2002. Judge O'Neill noted they had no prior convictions.