Lap dance club owners in court

Wednesday 04 February 2004 18.11
Lap dance club owners in court

Ten owners, operators and managers of four Dublin lapdancing clubs have appeared in court charged with employing lap dancers illegally.

The four clubs involved are Lapellos, Playmates, Strings and La Petite.

The companies under which the clubs trade have also been charged.

In all they face a total of 95 charges in relation to employing over 30 women, mainly from Eastern Europe, as lap dancers.

The ten are Christopher Kelly, the owner of Lapellos; David Long, owner of Playmates, and managers Louise Keane, Stephen Pell & Gareth Ward; the owner of La Petite, Edward Fahy, his daughter Sinead Fahy and the club manager Paul Lawless; and the owner of Strings in Leeson Street, Mary Cullen, and her son Martin.

Christopher Kelly was also charged with possession of a firearm.

All have had their cases adjourned until two dates in April to allow for DPP's directions.

The charges arise out of the garda Operation Quest, set up to investigate alleged illegal activity in the lap dancing industry.