Hot dog foul called on Croker mice


THE GAA said last night it was "unfortunate and regrettable" that a franchisee of food outlets at Croke Park had been guilty of breaches of hygiene regulations.

The Dublin District Court was told yesterday that the food outlets were "filthy" and one had become infested with mice, which left droppings beside bread boards used for hot dog rolls.

A GAA spokesman told The Irish Times that everything had been rectified. "That is the oldest section of the ground that is due for renewal, hopefully in the coming year.

Yesterday, in an Eastern Health Board prosecution against Mr Michael Lawlor, trading as Concessions Ireland Ltd, more than 30 infringements of the food hygiene regulations were outlined.

Ms Anne Marie Part, a health inspector, said a shop operated by the company at the Canal End was inspected on September 15th last, the day of the All Ireland final.

She could see mouse droppings on a breadboard beside hot dog rolls. She found rodent traps beside tongs and gloves used to touch food.

Staff had no access to a private toilet and there was no hot water for cleaning utensils. The walls and floors were filthy and flies were gathering around refuse bags.

Mr Lawlor pleaded guilty to all summonses which he said related directly to operational matters. He said through his solicitors that he was pleading not guilty to matters relating to the structure of the premises, which he said were outside his control.