Republic of Ireland Law
Republic of Ireland Law Questions Answered by Experts
1. You only need a public dance licence if members of the public are dancing on the premises during the weddings, banquets and other occasions. Essentially, a public dance licence is required anywhere the public engage in dancing in public. It is a form of licence which is a relic of De Valera's "dancing at the crossroads" culture after the foundation of the State. If there is dancing at these weddings - which I imagine there is - then you can simply apply at your local District Court sittings in September for a public dance licence. This takes place at the same time as the annual licensing courts in the District Court. I would suggest you get yourself a solicitor and get prepared to make an application for an emergency public dance licence. Then in September, you can make an application for a Permanent Public Dance licence. Otherwise, you run the risk of having your events interrupted by the Gardai once again.
2. I would advise you to get an emergency public dance licence as a matter of urgency as you will need to validate any events you are having in the short term. So, you should speak to your solicitor about making an application. Be aware that the same proofs as a liquor licence are required, with Fire Safety Certificates, Tax Clearance Certificate and a map of the premises being licensed being required.
3. The application is made under the Public Dance Halls Act, 1935, which originates from Dev's first terms in office in government. Be aware that both roofed and unroofed areas must be licensed. This application is separate from the liquor licence you may have.
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