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62 1924

INTOXICATING LIQUOR (GENERAL) ACT, 1924

PART III.

CLUBS.

Meanings of words used in this part of this Act.

19. —(1) In this Part of this Act the word “court” has the same meaning as it has in the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, save that the word “court” shall, for the purposes of applications for the grant of an original certificate of registration of a club under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, as amended by this Act, mean the Circuit Court.

(2) All other words used in this Part of this Act which are also used in the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, have the same meanings in this Part of this Act as they respectively have in that Act.

Prohibited hours in clubs.

20. —(1) In order that any club may be eligible to be registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, the rules of the club shall (in addition to the matters mentioned in section 4 of the said Act) provide that no excisable liquor shall be supplied for consumption on the club premises, to or be consumed on the club premises by any person (other than members of the club lodging in the club premises)—

(a) before the hour of nine o'clock in the morning or after the hour of ten o'clock in the evening on any day not being a Saturday or Sunday, or

(b) before the hour of nine o'clock in the morning or after the hour of half-past nine o'clock in the evening on any Saturday, or

(c) before the hour of one o'clock in the evening or after the hour of ten o'clock in the evening on any Sunday.

(2) This section shall not apply to any club which at the passing of this Act is registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, until the expiration of the certificate of registration of such club which shall be in force at the expiration of two months from the passing of this Act.

Supply of excisable liquors in registered clubs on special occasions.

21. —(1) A Justice of the District Court may on the application of the secretary of a registered club authorise such club, notwithstanding the provisions contained in its rules pursuant to this Part of this Act, to supply excisable liquors to members of the club during any one period, specified in the authorization and; not exceeding six hours in duration, during which such supply of excisable liquors would be prohibited by the rules of the club.

(2) The supply of excisable liquors in a registered club to members of the club during any period covered by an authorization under this section shall be lawful and shall not be deemed to be a breach of the rules of the club.

(3) Not more than twelve authorizations shall be granted under this section to any one club in any year.

Increase of fee payable by clubs on registration.

22. —Every club applying either for an original certificate of registration under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, or for a renewal of any such certificate shall as a condition of registration, make payment to the registrar of a fee of two pounds.

Application for original certificate of registration.

23. —(1) All applications for the grant of an original certificate of registration under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, shall continue to be made to the registrar in accordance with that Act as amended by this Act, but shall be heard and determined by the Circuit Court in lieu of the court prescribed by the said Act.

(2) The jurisdiction conferred on the Circuit Court by this section shall be exercised, in manner to be prescribed by rules of court, by the Circuit Judge of the Circuit in which the premises of the club are situate.

Objections to grant of certificate.

24. —(1) The objections to the grant of a certificate which may be considered by the court under section 5 of the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, shall include objections taken on either or both of the following grounds, that is to say:—

(a) that the number of registered clubs of the character of the club applying for the certificate and having premises in the district in which such club proposes to have its premises, is sufficient to meet the requirements of that district;

(b) that the club and the premises thereof are likely to be used mainly for the purpose of supplying intoxicating liquor to the members thereof and their visitors.

(2) The objections to the grant or renewal of a certificate which may be considered by the court under section 5 of the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, shall include an objection on the ground that some excise duty payable in respect of the club is unpaid.

Police may search clubs.

25. —(1) If any officer of the Dublin Metropolitan Police or the Gárda Síochána, not being below the rank of Inspector, is of opinion that there is reasonable ground for supposing that any club registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904, is so managed or carried on as to constitute a ground of objection to the renewal of its certificate under that Act, or that an offence under that Act as amended by this Act has been or is being committed in any such club, or that any excisable liquor is sold or supplied, or kept for sale or supply, on the premises of a club which is not registered under that Act, he may issue an order in writing (in this section called a search order) to any one or more sergeants, constables, or guards under his command to search the premises of such club.

(2) A search order issued under this section shall authorise the sergeants, constables, or guards named therein to enter the club at any time within twenty-four hours after the issuing of the order, and if need be by force, and to inspect the premises of the club, to take the names and addresses of any persons found therein, and to seize any books and papers relating to the business of the club.

(3) In the event of any person or persons found in such premises refusing to give their respective names and addresses when requested by any such sergeant, constable, or guard or giving false names and addresses, such person or persons so doing shall be liable severally on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding ten pounds.