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covidiots CCTV footage of passengers without face covering on Luas given to gardaí

CCTV footage of a group of passengers without face coverings on board a Luas tram is being given to gardaí , the transport service has said.

Videos circulating on social media show the group berating other passengers for complying with public health regulations by wearing a face mask.

In one clip, they can be heard chanting "take the sweaty g-string off your face" and "end the lockdown."

In a statement shared online, Luas said: "An incident occurred this evening involving a group of people not wearing face coverings on board a Red Line tram. The Luas CCTV footage captured is high quality and is being passed to the Gardaí to assist them with their investigation into the incident.

"It is against the law to travel on Luas without wearing a face covering, with limited exemptions only. We thank the vast majority of Luas customers who cooperate and wear face coverings while travelling."

Gardai say they are aware of videos of the incident circulating on social media and are investigating the incident.

A garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí are aware of videos circulating on social media showing a number of individuals on public transport not complying with public health regulations.

"The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A - Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (Face coverings on public transport) Regulations 2020 sets out the powers of ‘relevant persons’. Members of An Garda Síochána are not ‘relevant persons’.

"Members of An Garda Síochána can only act after a report or complaint by a "relevant person' has been made.

"The regulations also provide for ‘reasonable excuse’ for not wearing a face covering.

"In respect of regulations which are declared to be Penal Regulations under the Health Act 1947 as amended, An Garda Síochána adopt the approach of the Four E’s which will see Gardaí engage, educate, encourage, and as a last resort, enforce.

"Where Gardaí find potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case."

The incident occurred yesterday evening after a protest that took place at the Garden of Remembrance and the HSE office at Dr Steevens' Hospital.

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Officers "were in attendance" at yesterday's protest but had "no role in permitting or authorising" it.

"An Garda Síochána has no role in permitting or authorising protest marches or gatherings, there is no permit/ authorisation required for such events," the spokesperson said.

"An Garda Síochána encourages organisations/ individuals organising such events to liaise with An Garda Síochána in advance to assist in the safe and peacefully organisation of the event."

"An Garda Síochána will investigate this matter and the advices of the Director of Public Prosecutions will be sought in respect of any further actions to be taken," they added.

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