Gardaí failing to carry out underage drinking checks

In 2016 there were 329 alcohol test purchases carried out by teenagers aged 15-17 but just 31 alcohol retailers were caught supplying alcohol to them

5th October, 2017
Since 2010, they have been given the power to recruit teenagers, who have been dubbed ‘spy kids’

Gardaí are failing to organise underage drinking checks in more than half of all counties in the country.

Since 2010, they have been given the power to recruit teenagers, who have been dubbed ‘spy kids’, to go into supermarkets, pubs and off-licences to buy alcohol.

But new figures show Gardaí have not organised alcohol test purchases by under-18s in garda divisions in 14 counties either this year or last year. This includes Clare,...

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