‘We simply have too much disease in the country, we do not want people to be congregating over pints’

Takeaway pints are not against the law and Irish pubs can continue to serve them on St Patrick’s Day despite health expert warnings.
The Government and NPHET have pleaded with the public not to gather with friends today and have repeatedly spoken out against takeaway pints.
Dr Ronan Glynn said on Monday: We simply have too much disease in the country, we do not want people to be congregating over pints. We don’t want people to be meeting up indoors.
“We dont want people to be buying cans and meeting up and drinking them on St Patricks Day. None of those messages again are what people want to hear, but unfortunately, our message has to be consistent
Glynn said that NPHET does not want to be killjoys and that they’re asking people not to meet up for a drink because they know “what will happen if people meet up. Some of those people will end up in hospital and some of those people will die.”
He adds: We dont want people [buying takeaway pints] or buying cans and meeting up indoors.”.
Gardai have also said that they will be out in force on Paddy’s Day clamping down on Covid rules – but that takeaway pints themselves are not against the law.
Dr Ronan Glynn speaking at a public health briefing (Image: Collins)
A garda spokesperson said: “The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020 are currently in force.
“The sale of alcohol on a takeaway basis is not a breach of the public health regulations, however other legislation such as Liquor Licensing Acts, Public Order Act and Local Authority Byelaws may apply.
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles
“The public health regulations place restrictions on individuals meeting outdoors and on travel outside the home without a ‘reasonable excuse’.
“A breach of public health regulations for travel without a ‘reasonable excuse’ can be enforced by a 100 Fixed Payment Notice.
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)
“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, as a last resort, enforce.
“Personal social responsibility, wearing of face coverings in open spaces and social distancing are public health guidelines and are not penal regulations.
“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 particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives.”
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles