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enquiry ongoing Crowd gathers on Portmarnock Beach for fireworks display as Level Five restrictions announced

Video footage has emerged of hundreds of people gathering and playing loud music and letting off fireworks on the beach.


Gardai have said enquires are ongoing into reports of a crowd gathering on Portmarnock Beach last night in an apparent breach of Covid-19 restrictions.

Video footage has emerged of hundreds of people gathering and playing loud music and letting off fireworks on the beach near the North County Dublin coastal town.

It has been suggested that the gathering had been organised to mark the full moon on New Year's Eve but had been brought forward by one night after new Lockdown restrictions were announced.

Under the Level 5 restrictions agreed by Cabinet yesterday afternoon, all household visits are prohibited, including social visits to gardens.

As Level 5 is the highest level under the Government's medium-term Covid plan, people are only permitted to meet up and exercise with residents from one other household in an outdoor setting.

Locals are reported to have described the crowd growing larger as darkness fell.

There were also reports that the Garda helicopter was heard over the seaside village as gardai responded.

Speaking about the footage, Lord Mayor of Fingal, David Healy said: "It is vital that we follow the public health advice. There should be no public gatherings and everyone should avoid crowds."

A Garda spokesperson told SundayWorld.com that they had received reports of crowds gathering on Portmarnock beach at approximately 9.30pm.

“Gardaí attended the area,” the spokesperson said. “No crowds or parties were discovered. Enquires are ongoing.”

The Garda added that 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.”

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