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Restrictions breach Gardaí carrying out preliminary inquiries into gathering at Danny Healy-Rae's pub

Outspoken Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae, who has been highly critical of the Government's indoor dining policy, has not yet publicly commented on the gathering

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Gardaí are carrying out preliminary inquiries into images that appear to have been taken at an indoor gathering at the pub owned by Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae.

A photo, thought to have been taken in the middle of July, shows a wedding party of almost 40 people gathered inside the Kilgarvan premises.

The patrons are not wearing face masks and not socially distant in the photo which also shows Deputy Healy-Rae behind the bar counter pouring a pint.

The image is understood to have been taken on July 16 - ten days before restrictions on indoor dining were lifted.

A family wedding had taken place in Kerry that day, with the ceremony and reception hosted at a different venue.

Gardaí are now carrying out their own inquiries.


A spokesman told the Herald: "An Garda Síochána does not comment directly on social media content, the context and veracity of which remains to be verified. However, [we] are aware of images and video online appearing to be an indoor gathering in a licensed premises.

"Gardaí in Kerry are carrying out preliminary enquiries into the matter but no complaint has been forthcoming at this time and no formal investigation has commenced."

Outspoken Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae, who has been highly critical of the Government's indoor dining policy, has not yet publicly commented on the gathering.

It comes after separate footage emerged showing apparent breaches of Covid-19 regulations at the bar.

It showed people inside the premises without face masks and not socially distant while some were dancing on tables.

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In the footage, first revealed by Radio Kerry's current affairs programme Kerry Today, punters are also seen on each other's shoulders while one woman appears to be dancing with Danny Healy-Rae outside the bar.

It is unclear when the sequence of short videos was taken, but it is believed to have been in recent weeks. This gathering is not the subject of a Garda investigation.

Danny Healy-Rae's son Johnny, a local councillor for the Kenmare area, told RTÉ this week that they are looking into the circumstances surrounding the videos.

The father and son did not respond to requests for comment from the Herald.

Deputy Healy-Rae has long been critical of Government policy on indoor drinking and dining, urging them on numerous occasions to trust publicans to open their doors fully.

The Kerry TD recently said that publicans had been "thrown to the wolves" by latest Government guidelines on indoor dining released by Fáilte Ireland.

Mr Healy-Rae also questioned the data protection implications of the contact-tracing and inspections regime linked to the Digital Covid Certificate as people enter pubs or restaurants.

"If you ring up about someone's medical card or something, there is a huge rigmarole about data protection, but now there's no bother in the world," he said.

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