Barmen Charged As Guest Dies From Alcohol Abuse

hayes-hotelTwo barmen working in one of Ireland’s most historic hotels, have been charged with the unlawful killing of an Englishman who died as a result of acute alcohol intoxication consumed on the night of his 26th birthday.

This first criminal case of its kind under “Liquor Liability Laws” ever taken in Ireland, has been brought against two staff of  Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

Thirty two year old Mr Gary Wright a bar manager and twenty seven year old Aidan Dalton a barman, both appeared in Thurles District Court earlier this week, charged with the manslaughter of Graham Parish, contrary to Common Law at the hotel on the night of June 30/July 1 2008.

Following a night’s socialising, it is understood the young man, a resident at the premises, choked to death on his own vomit as a result of acute alcohol intoxication.

Both accused, who gave their addresses as Kilfithmone, Borrisleigh, Co Tipperary, were charged with the unlawful killing of the English national on the formal directions of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Gaelic Athletic Association ( GAA ) who this year celebrate their 125th anniversary, was founded in the hotel on November 1st, 1884, when it was then known as Miss Lissie Haye’s Commercial Hotel.

This case is set to raise huge national debate over the responsibility owed to the consumer by bar proprieters and those working in licenced premises.

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