A Co Cavan publican has been fined the maximum amount of €3,000 for allowing people to smoke on his premises.
Gerard Lovett, who owns the Copper Kettle Pub in Kilnaleck, was also ordered to pay costs of just over €1,000 at Ballyjamesduff District Court.
Barry Coady, an Environmental Health Officer, told the court he visited the premises on 26 September and found four people smoking. They were using empty bottles and glasses as ashtrays.
The defendant said he felt it was more responsible of him not to put out a number of 'lively Travellers' onto the street to smoke.