There were four people arrested for public order offences yesterday as hundreds took to the streets of Dublin city on one of the hottest days of the year.
Footage has emerged this morning of the disgusting scenes left by the crowds on South William Street and its surrounding areas as Dublin City Council workers took to clearing the rubbish today.
Several other areas of the city including Temple Bar and St Stephen’s Green also saw large crowds gather and gardai also confirmed to Dublin Live that they were dispersed with no arrests made.
Last night CMO Tony Holohan said he was “absolutely shocked” at the scenes around the south city area and said “we do not need” it after making such progress in the fight against COVID-19.
Last night he wrote: “Drove into Dublin City Centre to collect someone from work at 8:15pm.
“Absolutely shocked at scenes in South Great George’s St, Exchequer St, South William St area.
“Enormous crowds – like a major open air party.
“This is what we do not need when we have made so much progress.”
A garda spokesman told Dublin Live: “A policing operation was put in place by Gardaí following reports of a large number of persons congregating at South William Street and adjoining streets in the Dublin 2 area on the evening of Saturday, 29th May, 2021.
“The operation involved Gardaí from the Public Order Unit and the Dog Unit and the crowd was subsequently dispersed. Four persons were arrested for public order offences.
“Persons congregating in Temple Bar and St Stephen’s Green were also dispersed by Gardaí. No arrests were made.
“As public health regulations continue to be reduced and activity begins to normalise An Garda Síochána continues to remind the public of the ongoing public health guidelines, which include not to gather in large groups, maintain social distancing and wearing of face coverings in crowded public spaces. An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to the public to avoid crowded areas and large gatherings.
“The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A (6A)) (COVID-19) (NO.2) Regulations 2021 (SI 217/2021) are currently in force. In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Gardaí engage, educate, encourage and, only as a last resort, enforce.
“The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to demonstrate personal and social responsibility to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in order to continue to save lives.”