Search

27/10/2021

POLL: Should gardaí have the power to close pubs in breach of Covid-19 measures?

POLL: Should gardaí have the power to close pubs in breach of Covid-19 measures?

POLL: Should gardaí have the power to close pubs in breach of Covid-19 measures?

YES

NO

New laws, contained in the Criminal Justice (Enforcement Powers) (Covid-19) 2020, will give Gardai the power to shut down pubs for a maximum of 30 days if they continuously break Coronavirus health rules.

It will also give new powers to the Minister for Health to introduce controls over the numbers of guests in a private house.

However, the new laws sparked fury from some rural TDs who feel they are “over the top and unnecessary." Some say it is an effective criminalising of publicans and restaurant owners. 

The government says they are needed to tackle the small number who are ignoring public health measures. Gardaí confirmed on Wednesday that 21 pubs were found in breach of the current guidelines last week alone.

So, what do you think? Should the gardaí be given the powers?

To continue reading this archived article for FREE,
please just kindly register and/or log in.


Registration is absolutely 100% FREE and will help us personalise your experience on our sites. You can also sign up to our carefully curated newsletter(s) to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register / Login

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.