A leading hotel that allegedly flouted Covid 19 laws on two separate occasions has had the renewal of its alcohol licence objected to by a member of the public.

Our  story on June 21st last reported how the Headfort Arms hotel in Kells, county Meath, had held a 21st birthday party for a local man during lock down, and that Olivia Duff, who runs the premises with brother Vincent, asked them not to publish the story, and subsequently refused to be quoted over the incident.

She refused to comment on whether money had changed hands for the drink that was consumed or on who admitted people to the venue.

It also claimed that Ms Duff received a call from Gardai after midnight advising her of what was going on and immediately traveled to the hotel to speak with officers.

She has privately told people that the hotel was not aware the party was going on and that she is co operating with a Garda investigation into the matter.

A Garda spokesperson revealed, ‘ On June 13th 2020 gardai in Kells responded to reports of a gathering at a licenced premises.

‘Gardai took details of a number of people who were drinking inside, no arrests were made.’

Subsequently the hotel hit the headlines again when video footage emerged of Liverpool supporters celebrating their clubs first ever Premier League win in the premises.

An impromptu party took place organised by the local Liverpool supporters club and it was clear from footage that social distancing regulations were not being adhered to.

Now they face a problem with the renewal of their licence after it emerged at the local licencing court last week that a member of the public had objected to its renewal.

There was no Garda objection to twelve renewal application in the name of the hotel but Judge Cormac Dunne told the hearing, ‘It appears an objection has come in from a citizen’ and put the application back to a future date.