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Tougher Laws On Drinking In Public Proposed In Westmeath

A local councillor says there's been a noticeable increase in anti-social behaviour.

Tougher laws on alcohol consumption in public are being proposed in Westmeath.

New draft bye-laws have been agreed by Athlone-Moate councillors - to introduce a €75 fine for drinking in public.

Fianna Fáil councillor Aengus O'Rourke - who proposed the motion - says a noticeable increase in anti-social behaviour is behind the idea.

He expects the new measures to improve order and image in our local towns - and will go out for public consultation in December.

But Councillor O'Rourke says there will be exceptions to the rules for special events:

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