The Food Safety Authority closed seven businesses in March for breaches in food safety laws.

One of the premises involved was the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club in Dublin 2.

The area closed was the basement and basement yard section. The closure order was served on 26 March and lifted four days later.

The premises is described as Ireland's Premier Private Members' Club.

Four other businesses in Dublin were closed: Oriental Express take-away, 140 Parnell Street; the Thai Orchid restaurant, 7 Westmoreland Street; the Netpol grocery (sale and portioning of cooked meats, cheeses and all ready-to-eat foodstuffs), Unit 9, Tyrrelstown Avenue, Dublin 15; and Lemon Cafe Bar (food kitchen only, not bar area), 42 St Stephen’s Street, Dublin 2.

The other premises closed were the Ocean Palace Chinese Restaurant, Main Street, Swinford, Co Mayo; and the Superbites take-away, New Street, Newmarket, Co Cork.

A spokesman for the Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club said that during a routine inspection an issue was identified with a small unused area in the basement of the premises.

The spokesman said the Club responded immediately to rectify this issue, and no point was the day-to-day operation of the Club impacted.

Closure orders are served where it is deemed that there is or there is likely to be a grave and immediate danger to public health at or in the premises.

FSAI Chief Executive Professor Alan Reilly said business operators must recognise that the legal onus is on them to ensure that the food they serve is safe to eat.

The FSAI has stressed again that a basic food safety management system is not difficult to implement, he said, so it is disappointing that there continues to be food businesses that choose not to comply with this legal requirement.

Prof Reilly said that food businesses are going to be under more pressure than usual over the long weekend.

During this busy period, he said, food businesses need to be extra vigilant that safety standards do not slip.

There is no excuse for ignorance of the legal food safety and hygiene requirements, he said.