Grill wants drink back

The management of the Golden Grill in Letterkenny have said they're taking court action to recover tens of thousands of pounds worth of drink seized from the premises by gardai on Saturday night.

The Grill released a statement yesterday saying they'd been successful in the Circuit Court with their pending application for a certificate.

It's understood that the gardai were using the powers of a 1874 Licensing Act to seize drink they believe is being sold without a licence. It's been reported that the penalty for a first time offence under the statute, which legal experts say is rarely invoked, is a 4 fine.

The Grill statement continued: "There were no objections from any party and the certificate was granted to the proprietor of the Grill Music Venue, Mr Paul Mc Glinchey.

"On the separate matter of the seizure of the alcohol from the Grill Music Venue premises, Mr Paul Mc Glinchey, because of the pending application, has at all times retained an equitable interest which would allow the Grill Music Venue to trade.

"As far as the Grill Music Venue is concerned the warrant issued and the actions taken by An Garda Siochana, on Saturday the 29th March 2008, were illegal. There is a separate application being made to recover all of the alcohol removed from the premises and the damages resulting thereto. This action will be taken immediately to demand the return of the stock."

The Golden Grill is one of the North-West's leading entertainment venues and recently hosted the only Irish concert played by Chuck Berry on his European tour.