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    Twice inside the last 4 weeks Brian Cowen has been reported to be floutting our Smoking ban...

    Taoiseach Brian Cowen last night admitted to lighting up a cigarette in an undesignated smoking area after a sell-out match in Croke Park.

    Read more: Brian Cowen could face court for lighting up at GAA match - Republic of Ireland, Local & National - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
    It has also been suggested that several reporters saw Brian Cowen smoking in a non-designated smoking area of the bar on Monday night

    Mr Cowen had been smoking, drinking and singing in a bar until almost 3.30am. "This is not Fine Gael's problem. This is our problem," said a Fianna Fail source, who added: "We should be able to call it like it is."

    http://www.herald.ie/national-news/c...t-2339765.html
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    Or even flouting it.

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    He is de Teesh.

    He can do whatever he wants

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    Or even flouting it.
    Bastid you beat me to it.Yep the word is flouting.Dunno why this annoys me so much,but I am a terrible pedant,so I am.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iarmhi Gael View Post
    Twice inside the last 4 weeks Brian Cowen has been reported to be floutting our Smoking ban...



    It has also been suggested that several reporters saw Brian Cowen smoking in a non-designated smoking area of the bar on Monday night
    Probably a naive question, but why has he not been fined?
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    Quote Originally Posted by berberie View Post
    Probably a naive question, but why has he not been fined?
    The laws are written for us, not for them.

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    Isn't it also against the law to serve someone more alcohol when they've clearly had one way too many? I'll go and look it up..........petunia

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    Found it. it's under citizeninformation.ie

    Patrons of licenced bars and premises in Ireland are expected to behave at all times with due respect for others. The law on conduct in licenced premises changed in August 2003. It is now an offence under the 2003 Act to supply alcohol to a drunken person and to admit a drunken person to a bar. (A 'drunken person' is someone intoxicated to such a degree that they may endanger themselves or other people). Any licence holder that allows this to occur on their premises is liable to a summary conviction of €3,000 for a first offence and €5,000 for any subsequent offence.

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    just because it is an undesignated smoking area, doesn't mean it is illegal to smoke there, - unless is it undesignated by the law. e.g. you can't smoke inside in a pub. that is illegal. the gaa say you can't smoke in croke park, but it's not actually indoors, so that's not illegal. it's just their rule.

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    New comment from Cowen on the issue
    Asked if he was aware that this was illegal he responded: "When the Taoiseach does it, that means it isn't illegal!"

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