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You booze, you lose Taoiseach threatens to ban takeaway pints after viral videos of street parties

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

TAOISEACH Mícheál Martin has warned publicans that he is considering a ban on takeaway pints after concerning scenes in Dublin and Cork over the weekend.   

Speaking on the Neil Prendeville Show on RedFM this morning, the Taoiseach said that even though a vaccine may start to roll out in early 2021 it could be several months before it has significance in Ireland.

He said that the footage, which was circulated widely on social media, and showed large crowds drinking in both Cork and Dublin was simply unacceptable.

And he revealed that he plans to review the” takeaway pints phenomenon” as he was "extremely concerned" about the situation.

“What we have been seeing could put this progress in jeopardy.

"It puts frontline workers in our hospitals under pressure, it puts our ICU beds under pressure.

"Widespread congregation of people on our streets facilitates the spreading of the virus, we are going to have to review, in particular, the whole take-away pints phenomenon, we are going to review that and see what we can do

"We are going to look at that very seriously. It will happen over the next two days, I will be seeking reports from the gardaí and consulting with the Minister for Justice today."

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