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17 Aug 2022

Dozens face prosecution as gardaí raid house party in the Midlands

'Blatant disregard of Covid-19' as gardaí raid Longford house party attended by 70 revellers

'Blatant disregard of Covid-19' as gardaí raid Longford house party attended by 70 revellers

Dozens of people face prosecution under Ireland's Covid-19 laws after gardaí broke up a house party in a midlands town this weekend where at least 70 revellers were in attendance.

The incident, which occurred at a residence in the Palace Crescent area of Longford, took place at around 9:30pm.

A garda spokesperson said officers arrived at the property after receiving 'countless' telephone calls from concerned local residents.

The Longford Leader reports that upon arrival, officers found several cars, jeeps and other vehicles parked along the footpath.

When gardai approached the front door it's understood they were initially refused every on more than one occasion.

After a number of minutes, gardai entered the residence where they found at least 70 people in attendance.

It's also believed a bar, pool table and dart board had been set up in the house.

"This was a pure blatant disregard of Covid-19," said a garda source.

"There was not mask in sight, no social distancing, nothing."

Gardai have confirmed that they have issued a significant number of Fixed Penalty Notices following the search of a house in Longford town, which resulted in the discovery of a large gathering of people, on Friday.
 
Longford Gardaí received reports of a party occurring at a house in Palace Crescent, Longford Town, attended and attempted to engage with occupants. Gardaí were met with persistent non engagement from those inside the house.
 
As a result of information received and observations, Gardai obtained a warrant to search the premises under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
 
Shortly after 9.30pm, Gardaí searched the house and discovered a large group of people present in breach of current Covid–19 Regulations. Gardaí engaged with those present and they eventually dispersed.
 
FPNs will be issued to those identified including the organiser and homeowner.  A man aged in his 20s was arrested at the scene under the Public Order Acts.

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