Cork cinema withdraws application to sell alcohol at screenings amid local concerns

Cork cinema withdraws application to sell alcohol at screenings amid local concerns
The Omniplex cinema at Mahon Point

A Cork cinema has withdrawn an application that would allow it to serve alcohol on its premises.

Omniplex cinema in Mahon Point Shopping Centre had applied for a license to be able to serve alcohol at its 13 screen cinema located on the first floor of the shopping centre.

The Echo understands that the license application was subject to an objection from An Garda Siochana.

The application was due to be heard in court this morning but it was withdrawn before that could happen.

It is the second time in four years that Omniplex have applied for the license at its Cork cinema.

An application made by the company in 2015 was also withdrawn.

Speaking to The Echo, former Lord Mayor of Cork city, Chris O’Leary, who lives in Mahon, said many residents were against the idea of the cinema being able to sell alcohol.

He said the issue was raised at a recent community forum meeting which was attended by around 40 Mahon residents.

“Most people had huge reservations about it," he said.

Mr O’Leary said residents are concerned the sale of alcohol at the cinema would lead to further anti-social issues in the area.

He also raised concerns about a possible increase in drunk-driving in the area.

“We already went through the planning process here years ago and we worked with the developer Owen O’Callaghan at the time,” he said.

“And now, 30 years later, we’re faced with the possibility of these developments.

“It’s too close to the bone,” he added.

“We’re not going to tolerate it, we will take a very strong stance against it and we’ll fight it all the way."

Omniplex was contacted for comment.

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