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It follows reports that complaints were made to gardai about a large crowd attending a wedding at St John the Baptist Church in Tralee on Friday last.

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Gardaí say they 'are aware' of a wedding that took place on Friday

Gardaí say they 'are aware' of a wedding that took place on Friday

Gardaí say they 'are aware' of a wedding that took place on Friday

Gardai "are aware" of a wedding that took place last month and will investigate any potential breaches of public health regulations.

It follows reports that complaints were made to gardai about a large crowd attending a wedding at St John the Baptist Church in Tralee on Friday last.

According to The Kerryman, Gardaí received public complaints when a group of up to 30 individuals gathered as part of a wedding party in the church grounds.

One eyewitness told the publication how few were wearing masks, and that it was “a shame to see” as “hundreds of families” are unable to attend weddings and funerals under Level 5 restrictions.

In a follow up response, Gardaí said that where they find potential breaches of the public health regulations a file is prepared for the DPP in each case or a Fixed Payment Notice is issued where appropriate.

They pointed out that the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A-Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) (No.10) Regulations 2020 are currently in force.

Regulation 9 provides restrictions on “wedding receptions”, although Regulation 9 is not a penal regulation. Meanwhile Regulation 4 provides a restriction on travel without a ‘reasonable excuse’; attending a wedding is listed as a ‘reasonable excuse’.

“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,” Gardai said.

“Personal social responsibility, wearing of face coverings in open spaces and social distancing are public health guidelines and are not penal regulations.”

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