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brazen boozer Defiant Dublin pub opens up for takeaway pints despite Level 5 restrictions

Everyone, customers and staff were wearing masks, and as a couple of other lads queued up at the bar inside they were asked to adhere to the two-metre rule by one of the barmen.

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A defiant Kavanagh’s Pub on New Street in Dublin has opened up for take away pints alongside their €10 home cooked meals from their “delicious hot counter”. 

The brazen Dublin boozer had advertised the fact that they would "no longer be going along" with Micheál Martin’s request for pubs not to sell pints for consumption off the premises.

Although many pubs adhered to the Taoiseach’s declaration to “forget about takeaway pints” at the beginning of this year, the popular Dublin watering hole was doing a slow, but steady trickle of business as curious punters arrived yesterday afternoon.

“Can I have a pint?” one young man asked staff, sounding unsure of what response he may get.

“Of course lad,” he was told. “And what would you like?”

“Erm, a Heineken? he replied, with a look that suggested he thought he was still chancing his arm.

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“There ya go,” and he was handed a cool pint of beer in a clear plastic glass, as the barman suggested he take it across the road, where it was sunnier, to drink it.

Delighted, he handed over €5 and grinned at the others in the queue. “Cheers boys,” he nodded as walked away happily.

Everyone, customers and staff were wearing masks, and as a couple of other lads queued up at the bar inside they were asked to adhere to the two-metre rule by one of the barmen.

Outside, one local, Dylan Cross, was happy with his drink after coming down to support his neighbourhood bar.

The fact that the pub was serving up takeaway pints in defiance of the Taoiseach’s order not to do so, was of no great consequence to him.

“There's nothing illegal about this,” he said. “I don't really see it as being significant.”

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When it was suggested that the bar owner was “brave” for reopening, Dylan replied, “I don't see that at all. He’s got every right to run a business and earn a livelihood.

“As soon as we get rid of (these restrictions) the better,” he added. “I believe in a proportionate response but what we’re seeing from the government is the complete destruction of a society.”

When he was asked what he was drinking, Dylan said: “It could be anything. I just want to see local businesses get back on their feet again.

“We've reached the breaking point,” he added, “ and there's no end in sight. It just seems the government is determined to run everything into the ground, for whatever reason, I can't explain.”

Back inside the pub the hot foot counter was serving up pork chops and chips and soup and while the bar was sealed off, the barman was continuing to serve up pints of lager to those in the queue.

Staff refused to speak to media but had earlier posted an angry message on their Facebook page advertising the fact that they were open for business.

“TAKEAWAY PINTS,” the post declares. “As our incompetent leaky leaders in Leinster house top up their already exorbitant salaries, businesses like ours are going to the wall.

“We have always been compliant with and very mindful of public health advice but after almost a full year of little or no trade it’s very evident that we’re NOT ‘All in this together’.

“We will no longer be going along with Mehole’s asking of us not to sell takeaway pints.. We are open Thursday- Saturday 12.30-8pm. Sunday’s from 12.30-6pm . Our delicious hot counter home cooked meals will be available for only €10 each meal.

“We will also be selling Pints of Heineken and Coors for takeaway.

"Unfortunately we can’t get any Guinness products as of yet because Government have a 'secret' ban on Diageo supplying pub/restaurant accounts.”

According to independent.ie, Gardaí said they were powerless to intervene to stop the pub from takeaway pints.

A garda spokesperson said: “The sale of take away alcohol from licensed premises is not currently a penal regulation and therefore not an offence.”

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