Club owners think they are above the law, says judge

 

Club owners in a price war in a seaside resort were accused yesterday of believing they were above the law.

Solicitor Cathleen Dolan said Paris nightclub boss Conor McEniff, Bundoran, Co Donegal, was in contempt of court because he failed to obey an order two weeks ago to sell his drink at commercial prices.

She said at Ballyshannon District Court that he sold shorts last weekend for €2 each.

Two weeks ago the price war between Conor McEniff and his cousin Seánie McEniff, who runs Jumpin’ Jacks club in the same street, became an issue before Judge Kevin Kilrane when there was an application for a late- night licence. The judge was told then that Conor McEniff was offering drinks at 50 cent each while his cousin was serving “free drink” in return for a €20 admission fee.

Garda Insp Dennis Joyce said when gardaí inspected Paris they were told the €2 price was the same as was charged at weekends.

Ms Dolan, who represented parents of teenagers, said: “As a parent myself I am aware from my own personal knowledge of the prices being charged. These people feel they are above the law.” Judge Kilrane instructed all parties to revert to charging commercial prices.