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Watch Ireland's five most controversial moments amid Covid-19 crisis

This year brought us Covid-19 and with it a flurry of political scandals, public disobedience and a questionable topless party in the park.

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Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan

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Phil Hogan

There are many moments in time that have captured the imagination of the Irish public.

Whether it is an unknown man slipping on an icy footpath or Mary Robinson's inauguration, some pictures need no words when they flash across your screen.

This year brought us Covid-19 and with it a flurry of political scandals, public disobedience and a questionable topless party in the park.

Here the Sunday World have compiled the top five Covideos to help you reel in the months.

Leo in the park (brunchgate)

It takes a lot for Leo Varadkar to lose his cool and even more for him to get shirty.

As it turnes out it only takes a bit of good weather and a few mates for him to get shirtless in the Phoneix Park.

Many claimed that photos and footage of Ireland's now deputy leader showed that he hadn't been socially distancing while in the park, while others thought it irresponsible of him to be promoting going to the park at all.

Others claimed that it was absolutely fair game for Varadkar to go the park and spend time with his friends, and argued that it he was entitled to his own privacy.

We will let you decide.

Rave on Grafton Street

Twas the night before lockdown and all through the house, not a person was stirring not even a mouse.

Except for on Grafton Street where hundreds of revellers danced without any regards for social distancing in the shadow of the new Covid lockdown.

As Dublin's under-pressure small businesses reluctantly pulled down the shutters for another six weeks in a bid to beat Covid, punters danced to a busker’s version of Free from Desire on the city's busiest shopping street.

The outdoor party was filmed in the dying hours before Ireland went to Level 5 lockdown - the Government’s most severe measure in the fight against Covid.

Danny Healy-Rae

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TD Danny Healy Rae

TD Danny Healy Rae

TD Danny Healy Rae


It didn’t take long for Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae to enter the fray claiming that Ireland is becoming "like the dictatorships in Russia and other places".

The speech was given after a law allowing for a Garda crackdown on pubs breaching Covid-19 rules began progressing through the Dáil.

The Bill passed by 102 votes to ten proving that democracy, even in a potential dictatorship, works.

Phil Hogan

Phil Hogan’s eventual resignation allowed the government to finally move on from the utter shambles that was golfgate.

After weeks of humming and hawing Big Phil resigned from his role as EU Commissioner for Trade.

Never one to go quietly Mr Hogan told RTÉ’s Nine O’Clock News: “I broke no law, I broke no regulations, but I could have adhered better to the guidelines.”

Perhaps the understatement of the year.

Berlin Bar

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Berlin D2 is on Dame Lane in Dublin city centre

Berlin D2 is on Dame Lane in Dublin city centre

Berlin D2 is on Dame Lane in Dublin city centre


What is there left to say about the now infamous “Baked Brunch” at Dublin’s Berlin Bar?

Footage of the party taking place at Berlin D2 on Dame Lane in August showed no social distancing apparently being enforced.

A man can also be seen in the video standing on a height pouring drink from a bottle into several people's mouths.

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