A pub is being used as a makeshift courtroom due to a shortage of official court buildings in Ireland.
Defendants and lawyers attended O’Donovan’s Bar and Restaurant (pictured) in Ballina, County Tipperary, yesterday after the Irish Courts Service came to an arrangement with publican Michael O'Donovan.
Matters, including disorder and alcohol-related offences, were presided over by Judge Aeneas McCarthy, sitting on a stage usually reserved for bands that is situated metres from the pub’s bar. The disco lights were turned off for the occasion.
Solicitor Chris Lynch was more than happy with the arrangement.