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'disgraceful' Garda break up crowd of more than 700 gathered for organised 'car meet' in Cork

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Gardai have revealed they intervened after a crowd of more than 700 people gathered for a organised ‘car meet’ in Cork last night.

A garda spokesman said they received reports of a large group gathering at Eastgate, Little Island, County Cork, last night in contravention of the public health regulations and guidelines that are currently in place.

Upon arrival at the scene, Gardaí observed in excess of 250 vehicles with an estimated 700 to 800 persons gathered.

According to a garda spokesman: "There was very little evidence of social distancing, wearing of face coverings or general compliance with public health guidelines.

"Ages of participants included older males in their 30s/40s, some accompanied by young children, but mainly males and females in their 20s. Participants had travelled from outside the greater Cork area and various parts of Munster."

Speaking last night the senior Garda Inspector at the event described "a disgraceful gathering of persons, despite the Health advices in the last few days."

Gardaí said they engaged with this large group and advised them to disperse, a direction which was complied with by all in attendance within a short period of time.

There were no public order incidents and sufficient Gardaí attended the scene to effectively disperse the gathering.

The spokesman said: "One male, aged in his late 20s, was arrested for drunkenness offences, later charged and bailed to appear in court at a later date, and one car was seized under section 41 Road Traffic Act.

"The Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.9) Regulations 2020, as amended are currently in place. These regulations continue to make organised events attended by more than 15 persons penal regulations.

"While this event appears to have been organised on social media, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to investigate any event held in breach of the COVID-19 regulations and advice will be sought from the DPP in each case.

"An Garda Síochána would like to remind the public that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health crisis and is a real threat to everyone, particularly the most vulnerable in our society. The virus is still spreading. It is still leading to serious illness and death.

"An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to continue to save lives."

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