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fines issued Anger mounts after video emerges of large crowd at funeral in Limerick

Limerick County Councillor Liam Galvin said “of course” people in the area were annoyed by scenes in which funeral regulations were ignored.


ANGER is mounting after hundreds of people ignored garda advice and attended a funeral in County Limerick yesterday.

Several fines were issued by officers while files are also being prepared for the Director of Public prosecutions.

Mourners were seen following the horse drawn hearse through the town after it had earlier arrived from the UK.

A large crowd then stood by the grave after burial and with a number of mourners offering songs at the graveside.

While some wore face masks, many did not and the crowd clearly exceeded the current level 5 restriction which allows for 10 mourners.

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Limerick County Councillor Liam Galvin said “of course” people in the area were annoyed by scenes in which funeral regulations were ignored in such an obvious fashion.

“It’s down to personal responsibility and if you don’t acting responsible then you deserve to be penalised.”

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“I saw one of the videos last night and to me it wasn’t good enough.”

Another local who asked not to be named said people were very angry including members of the deceased man’s extended family who live in the area.

Gardai issued a significant number of fines for alleged breaches of Covid-19 regulations as a result of the funeral.

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Several people gathered at a house in the town on Tuesday night and that members of the Armed Support Unit were deployed for a time, according to sources.

The Garda Press Office stated: "Gardaí are aware of a funeral that took place in Newcastle West, County Limerick on February 24, 2021. Gardaí attended the scene and engaged with those present."

"An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent.”

“Personal social responsibility, wearing of face coverings in open spaces and social distancing are public health guidelines and are not penal regulations.”

A relative of the deceased live-streamed the funeral on social media but were later removed after several critical comments.

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