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Greenvale Hotel scene of St Patrick's disco horror faces losing entertainments licence

Floral tributes have been left outside The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, where the deaths occurred (Liam McBurney/PA)
Floral tributes have been left outside The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone, where the deaths occurred (Liam McBurney/PA)

The Greenvale Hotel, where three teenagers died in a St Patrick's disco horror, faces the possibility of losing its entertainments licence or at least it being varied depending on information provided by the owner.

Teenagers Connor Currie (16), Lauren Bullock (17) and Morgan Barnard (17) were killed in the crush in the queue to get into the Tyrone venue last month.

Hundreds of people were thought to be in the queue at the time.

Police and the local council are carrying out separate investigations. As too is the Police Ombudsman into the initial police response.

Owner Michael McElhatton and another man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and later released pending further investigation.

Councillors on Mid Ulster Council's environment committee are to meet in a closed private session on Tuesday evening to consider the entertainments licence of the venue.

The Irish News reports of a report prepared for consideration which states the outcome should be determined based on the proceedings of the meeting.

The council has asked Mr McElhatton to provide information on the additional measures put in place to ensure public safety.

The committee will consider three options:

  • Suspending the licence "if there is likely cause of serious threat to public order or public safety continuing”.
  • Suspension with consideration given to for later variation with conditions imposed after an assessment and with agreed control measures.
  • And a varied entertainments licence and conditions if "satisfied all material considerations addressed and appropriate assessments and controls are identified, agreed and implemented”.

Should either of the first two options be implemented the popular Tyrone venue would have to stop entertainment activity with it not resuming without council approval.

The council refused to comment on the report saying it was a confidential matter for the committee's consideration.

“Given the tragic events which occurred at the Greenvale Hotel, the council, as the licensing authority, is undertaking a review of the premises’ entertainment licence,” a spokeswoman added.

Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.
Morgan Barnard, Lauren Bullock and Connor Currie.
Lauren Bullock
Morgan Barnard
Connor Currie
Michael McElhatton owner of The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown (Liam McBurney/PA)
Michael McElhatton owner of The Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown (Liam McBurney/PA)

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