Last week, Judge Marie Quirke rejected residents’ objections to the application for a liquor licence by event organisers MCD, writes Rose Barrett.
The latter have a scheduled week of headline acts to perform at Malahide Castle from June 14-30.
Acts include Depeche Mode, Paolo Nutini, Florence and The Machine, Sting, Blur, Sam Fender and Hozier with the festival expected to draw up to 20,000 attendees per night.
MCD applied to Dublin District Court for an occasional licence to serve alcohol at the iconic Malahide venue. Local residents objected on the grounds of anti- social behaviour which followed in Malahide Village, along with complaints regarding outside seating and furniture on the main street, crowds continuing to drink after pubs and restaurants have closed, drunks urinating at doorways, noise, etc.
Fingal County Council granted permission for the outdoor seating with the stipulation that the seating had to be taken in and put away circa 9-10pm. However, local residents and two business people maintained this was not the case. The legal team representing MCD argued that refusing the licence would lead to more people descending on the village to acquire alcohol. In granting the licence, Judge Quirke stated she was impressed by the willingness of the organisers to pay hefty fees to the gardaí to provide additional policing during the concerts.
She warned that Fingal County Council must enforce the terms of licences granted for street furniture, and that gardaí must enforce the laws pertaining to public drinking along with keeping a garda line open 24 hours a day during the summer concerts at Malahide Castle.