PANTIBAR, one of the most famous gay hangouts in the country, is facing a challenge for its pub license from local residents.
he bar – run by gay rights activist and drag performer Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss – on Dublin’s Capel Street has become an icon in the LGBTQ + community.
However, in September a group called Jervis Place Residents appealed to the Dublin District Court’s annual publication list.
It was postponed until this afternoon to mention that the case would begin and a hearing for Judge Marie Quirke would be assigned.
Owner Rory O’Neill was absent; however, Niki Andrews asked BL, on behalf of Pantibar, Judge Quirke, to adjourn the case until January.
The lawyer stated that she wanted “the opportunity to continue exchanging ideas with the residents”.
The lawyer added: “We hope to come to an agreement”.
A resident representative of Jervis Place, Elaine Herbert, told the court that there were six opponents and that witnesses had represented themselves.
She said some of them had language problems, but Judge Quirke informed her that the court could provide interpreters.
Judge Quirke granted an adjournment until January 12, when the case is brought up for mention again.
She wanted to know their dates, names and addresses, and whether they were representing themselves or instructing lawyers.
The judge said the court would have to deal with case management issues first but would then hold a full hearing next March 9.
Over the summer, Dublin City Council (DCC) took action on Capel Street and Parliament Street to make alfresco dining easier and to create 1,300 square feet of additional public space.
In a further step, cars were banned from the two roads that are connected by the River Liffey at Grattan Bridge every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. from June 11, in order to facilitate outdoor dining.
The pilot pedestrian zone was extended and ran for a total of 17 weeks before ending on October 3rd.