Public drinking: bottles left on the steps of Dublin Landmark, the Custom House

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Binge drinking: bottles left on the steps of Dublin city centre landmark, the Customs House on a Saturday afternoon, August 2nd.

New laws under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 concerning alcohol consumption came into force on Wednesday July 30th. The new regulations including giving gardai ( police ) more powers to seize alcohol consumed in public earlier off-licence and nightclub closing times and stiffer penalties for those who sell alcohol to under-18s

Chief Bottle Washer at Blather
Writer, photographer, environmental campaigner and "known troublemaker" Dave Walsh is the founder of, described both as "possibly the most arrogant and depraved website to be found either side of the majestic Shannon River", and "the nicest website circulating in Ireland". Half Irishman, half-bicycle. He lives in southern Irish city of Barcelona.