Shock scenes Cllr Mannix Flynn blasts 'groovy hipsters' filmed boozing in city centre
Independent Councilor Mannix Flynn is calling for a ban on takeaway pints that he believes are being served to “groovy hipsters", flouting restrictions.
The city centre representative has said that he was horrified at the mass gathering that took place on Saturday night and insisted that it had to be an organised event.
And he said that the only way to stop these guerrilla parties continuing during lockdown is to ban the sale of takeaway pints.
“I think you stop the takeaway pints and you close that whole situation down and you look to subsidise businesses that are suffering,” he told Newstalk Breakfast.
“I am all on for that.
“The idea that you can simply hand out alcohol out a window and go here you go lads; it is all cool and trendy.
“Don’t forget, these are all hipsters. I don’t see any family members or anybody over 60 sticking their hand in the window of a public house and taking out a pint.
“This is all groovy hipsters.”
Video footage emerged over the weekend showing crowds of revellers on Dublin’s South William Street on Saturday night.
The recording shows scores of young people socialising on the street with rubbish bins overflowing onto the footpath.
And Councilor Flynn insists that these actions are an insult to anyone who lost a friend or a family member to the coronavirus.
He said the people filmed drinking in the area, “don’t seem to have much regard for anybody else.”
“We have seen some of these hipsters trying to get up the like of Clanbrassil Street with six or seven pints on a tray,” he said.
“I think we have to take this seriously. You have to have respect for those who have died from this pandemic.”
He said street drinking has been an “ongoing issue” around South William Street and other parts of the city in recent weeks and accused those of taking part of having “contempt for the rest of us.”
“It is important to remember the vast majority of young people are adhering to the strict rules and conditions in relation to the pandemic and staying out of the city and staying away from social gatherings,” he said.
“This group was organised. They had contempt for the rest of us. They have come into South William Street. They behaved appallingly and refused to leave when residents asked them.
“The gardaí took some time to get there because they are very, very busy and when they did get there, their powers are very limited.”
“We are in the middle of a pandemic,” he said.
“We are in the middle of serious health warnings.
“We are in the middle of people dying and people getting infected and we are in the middle of a global pandemic which is rising.”