The owners of the Galway pub which openly defied the smoking ban last July have been fined €6,400 and ordered to pay costs of €3,000 after they were convicted of breaching the legislation.

Ronan Lawless, who was described in court as the owner and controller of the Fibber Magee's pub in Eyre Square in Galway, the bar's manager, Kieran Levanzin of Co Galway, and Cliplaw Limited were all charged with breaking the smoking ban on 6 and 7 July this year.

The Western Health Board told the court they regarded the incident as a direct attack on the smoking ban legislation.

Passing sentence at Galway District Court, Judge Mary Fahy said that if the health board and the gardaí had not intervened, the incident could have undermined the legislation to a very detrimental degree.

Outside the court, Mr Lawless said he would take time to consider appealing the verdict, but said that he did not regret what happened as his business was gone.