Publicans in Waterford have joined their colleagues all over the country to watch with interest the outcome of a court case in Swinford, County Mayo, where

two publicans have launched a legal challenge against the Intoxicating Liquor Act. Their action could have countrywide consequences for the administration of licensing laws.

The case came before Judge Mary Devins last week and, basically, both men are claiming they cannot properly be charged with breaches of the licensing laws because the Intoxicating Liquor Act legislation has not been translated into the Irish language.

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