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Limerick’s Food Price Prosecutions Yield Fines at Petty Sessions

In a recent session at the Limerick Petty Sessions, five individuals found themselves summoned under the Defence of the Realm Act for breaching regulations regarding the pricing of essential food items. The charges stemmed from an incident on the 20th of last month, where the defendants were accused of demanding prices for potatoes that exceeded those set by the Food Controller.

Among the defendants, fines ranging from five shillings to ten shillings were imposed. Two individuals were fined five shillings each for offering to pay prices for produce that exceeded the regulated limits. The court upheld the seriousness of these offences by levying fines against those found guilty.

Additionally, nominal fines were handed out in three separate cases for violating regulations related to the sale of bread. The defendants were penalized for exposing bread for sale within 12 hours of its being baked, contravening regulations likely put in place to ensure the freshness and quality of baked goods available to consumers.

The prosecutions highlight the authorities’ commitment to enforcing price controls and regulations aimed at safeguarding the accessibility and affordability of essential food items for the public. The Defence of the Realm Act, enacted during times of national emergency, grants the government powers to regulate various aspects of civilian life, including food production, distribution, and pricing, particularly during periods of scarcity or crisis.

Limerick, like many other communities, has been navigating challenges related to food security and availability, exacerbated by external factors such as wartime conditions or economic instability. The enforcement of regulations governing food prices underscores the importance placed on ensuring fairness and equity in access to necessities, even amid challenging circumstances.

The fines imposed serve as a deterrent to others who might contemplate similar infractions, sending a clear message that non-compliance with food pricing regulations will not be tolerated. By upholding these regulations, authorities aim to mitigate the risk of exploitation and ensure that essential food items remain within reach of all members of the community, regardless of their economic circumstances.

While the defendants faced penalties for their actions, the broader impact of these prosecutions extends to the community at large. By maintaining price controls and enforcing regulations, authorities contribute to the stability of food markets and support efforts to alleviate the burden on consumers facing financial strain.

As the case concludes in the Petty Sessions, attention turns to ongoing efforts to monitor and enforce compliance with food-related regulations across Limerick and beyond. In a time marked by uncertainty and fluctuating economic conditions, the importance of upholding measures to protect food security and affordability remains paramount, ensuring that the residents of Limerick can access the sustenance they need to thrive.

Dublin Daily Express – Saturday 12 May 1917

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