'Knickers for liquor' nightclub keeps licence
A nightclub is to keep its late licence after management gave an undertaking not to allow a "knickers for liquor" promotion at the venue again.
Midnight Promoters had launched the controversial promotion at Tramco nightclub in Rathmines, Dublin, on September 3 last when revellers were told they could exchange their underwear for a free drink.
In the aftermath of the promotion, gardai lodged an objection to Tramco's late licence and the case resumed at Dublin District Civil Court yesterday.
Constance Cassidy, for Tramco, told Judge Mary Collins there had been extensive discussions between the venue's management and the Superintendent at Rathmines garda station. Gardai were prepared to withdraw their objections to the nightclub's late licence subject to undertakings being given by the nightclub, the court heard.
Tom Kavanagh, the receiver appointed to Tramco, agreed with Ms Cassidy that the promotion of "knickers for liquor" was regretted. The management accepted the event was wholly "inappropriate, undesirable and demeaning".
They also acknowledged that the gardai in Rathmines had no option but to object to the late licences for Tramco.
The court heard that the nightclub's management abhorred the conduct of this promotion and Mr Kavanagh confirmed he was not aware it was taking place.
He accepted he had a duty and responsibility as the licence holder to liaise with gardai.
An undertaking was also given that no further similar events would take place there.
Tramco also confirmed it would supply details of all forthcoming promotions to the gardai and would liaise with them to ensure the orderly and proper conduct of all events.
Following the undertakings given by Mr Kavanagh, Judge Mary Collins granted Tramco the special exemptions order allowing the nightclub to operate a late licence.
The club was set up in 1998 by developers Niall Mellon and Paddy Kelly who ran Tramco until June 2010 when Bank of Ireland appointed a receiver.
Meanwhile, a garda investigation is still continuing into an allegation by a 15-year-old girl that she had been raped in a cubicle in the men's toilets at Tramco last June.