Senator Deirdre Clune has extended her support to Gardai who objected to permission being granted for an off licence in the Douglas Court Shopping Centre.
Gardaí currently fear that the opening of another alcohol retailer will increase the level of anti-social behaviour in the area where nine off licences are already located.
“Gardai are concerned that this new off licence will give rise to further difficulties with underage drinking in the area and I share these concerns. Mandatory training needs to be introduced to equip the staff who sell alcohol with the skills to tackle excessive drinking as called for by the National Off - Licence Association.
Senator Clune outlined that training could include monitoring the quantity of alcohol sold, the process of confirming identification and promoting the sale of alcohol in a responsible manner.