Northern Ireland

First 'liquor liability' trial over hotel guest death

Nenagh Circuit Court
Image caption The men will go on trial at Nenagh Circuit Court

Two barmen from the Irish Republic are due to go on trial for the manslaughter of a British man who died from acute alcohol intoxication.

The landmark prosecution against Gary Wright and Aidan Dalton will begin in County Tipperary on Wednesday.

They are charged with unlawfully killing a guest at the Hayes Hotel in Thurles on 1 July 2008.

It is the first case of its kind under the liquor liability laws in Ireland.

Graham Parish, from Calder Terrace in Lomeshaye, east Lancashire, was staying at the hotel when he died of acute alcohol intoxication.

Mr Wright, 34, a bar manager at the hotel and Mr Dalton, a 29-year-old barman, are charged in connection with his death.

The defendants, both from Kilfithmone, Borrisoleigh in Co Tipperary, are expected to go on trial at Nenagh Circuit Court.

Located at Liberty Square in Thurles, the Hayes Hotel dates to the 18th century and is where the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded on November 1 1884, when it was known as the Commercial Hotel.