We know Covid-19 is a Deadly Killer Virus, but we know from Past History, giving the Gardai extra Powers is also Dangerous and these emergency powers often fail to be revoked. We cannot ever Forget the Heavy Gang of the 1970’s and the Abuse of Power especially when we know what happened at the time of the Sallins Train Robbery, the Beatings, the False Confessions and the Pardons for the Innocent men, Nicky Kelly and others….We must be Alert at all times, never to have a Police State?

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Cabinet discusses Garda powers to shutdown house parties and non-Covid-19 compliant pubs

Cabinet           discusses Garda powers to shutdown house parties and           non-Covid-19 compliant pubs 

As part of the proposals, it would be an offence to organise or attend a gathering of more than six people in a private house. Picture: iStock

 

The cabinet is meeting today to consider increased enforcement powers for Gardaí to shutdown house parties and pubs that are not complying with public health guidelines.

The proposed new legislation is part of further measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 announced last week and is expected to be approved by Ministers today.

As part of the proposals, it would be an offence to organise or attend a gathering of more than six people in a private house.

Meanwhile, publicans want the Government to announce a financial package later today – which the Tánaiste pledged.

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) is recommending pubs don’t reopen on Monday.

Around 3,500 pubs that don’t serve food were due to open on August 31, however, NPHET has recommended they remain closed.

Two weeks ago Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said he would bring forward additional supports at today’s Cabinet meeting if the closure orders continue.

Paul Moynihan, from the Vintners Federation of Ireland, said many pubs will close for good if they don’t get help urgently.

 

Mr Moynihan said: “There’s no point in talking about small measures here, we need an industrial, big help out from the government.

“Most publicans now are at their end, financially, and even physically and mentally is the problems among them.

“We’re facing huge problems. As I said, we’d love an announcement from the government: ‘Thank you for helping us out here, we’re keeping your industry closed. But here is the help we are going to offer you for the thelp that you’ve done for the country’.”

Gearoid O’Regan owner of O’Regans pub in Ballyheigue Co. Kerry said its another hammer-blow for publicans not to be allowed reopen.

Mr O’Regan said: “Six months closed, I’ve spent a lot of time speaking to various TDs, and so on about this whole situation.

“On a human level, you wouldn’t put someone out on the streets for six months and not give them anything.

“And to be honest with you that is what has happened to the publicans.

“The decision hasn’t been made fully yet, cabinet meets this afternoon, but I’d kind of take it as a given.”

Yesterday Acting Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn said pubs are to stay shut for at least another two weeks to allow health officials to track the impact of schools reopening has on the spread of Covid-19.

Dr Ronan Glynn urged restraint in what was at times an impassioned appeal during last night’s Covid-19 briefing.

“We simply can’t have everything with the pandemic,” he said.

We can have an education system open. We can protect the most vulnerable. We can have a health system get back up and running, and address all the backlogs that we have. But all the other stuff?

“We want to have sport, we want people to be able to go to pubs, we want people to be able to socialise — but right now is not the moment.”

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