Belfast Telegraph

Bar owner in licence probe after noise complaint to council

The owners of a Belfast bar will attend a council meeting today to answer questions on providing entertainment without a licence.

Belfast City Council officials visited Filthy McNasty's on the Dublin Road following a noise complaint in May.

According to council minutes, they discovered "entertainment, in the form of a two-piece band" was being provided, without an entertainment licence in place.

Dempsey's, which formerly operated on the site, had a reputation for late-night drinking and was closed after it was badly damaged in a fire in 2007.

Property company Jermon Developments took it over from Harry Diamond, and Filthy McNasty's opened for business after refurbishment. A spokeswoman for Jermon Developments said: "Representatives of Jermon Developments will attend the Belfast City Council licensing committee meeting today to address this issue which has resulted from a genuine misunderstanding.

"We are hopeful that the licensing committee will agree that the legacy associated with the venue's former identity has been left behind and the new offering has proven successful in enforcing a strict door policy."

Mark Beirne is a consultant at Filthy McNasty's.

In an email to the council he said it operated a strict door policy and "low-key entertainment" to distance itself from the reputation of Dempsey's.