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694. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of prosecutions An Garda Síochána has proceeded with for offences under section 17(3) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 in each of the years of 2018 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form. [12698/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): The Deputy will be aware that section 17(3) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 provides for an offence for a licensee, with intent to evade the conditions of the licence, to take intoxicating liquor from the licensed premises for the purpose of its being sold on the account or for the benefit or profit of the licensee, or to permit any other person to do so. The penalty on conviction is a fine of up to €1,500 for a first offence and up to €2,000 for a second or subsequent offence.
I am advised by the Garda authorities that, following a review of available data, no prosecutions have been entered against licensed premises for offences under section 17(3) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003 in 2018 to 2020 or to-date in 2021.