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Armed Gardai discover alcohol, bar equipment and cash during raid on Dublin shebeen l8 hrs ago

Armed Gardai have discovered alcohol, bar equipment and cash during a raid on a shebeen operating in north county Dublin.a large pot© Provided by Extra.ie

At approximately 10pm on Saturday, January 23, a search was carried out on a private premises in Swords, north county Dublin, in response to allegations of breaches of liquor licensing legislation put in place to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under the remit of Operation Navigation, local Gardai and members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) searched the private premises under warrant, discovering alcohol, beer kegs and taps, cash, bar stools and other bar equipment in the process.a kitchen with a table in a dark room: Armed Gardai have discovered alcohol, bar equipment and cash during a raid on a shebeen operating in north county Dublin. Pic: An Garda Siochana© Provided by Extra.ie Armed Gardai have discovered alcohol, bar equipment and cash during a raid on a shebeen operating in north county Dublin. Pic: An Garda Siochana

A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed that a number of people were apprehended at the shebeen, all of whom will be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for alleged breaches of regulations restricting unnecessary movement.

No arrests have been made as yet in connection with the raid.

Investigations are ongoing into Saturday’s discovery, and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.a close up of a barrel: A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed that a number of people were apprehended at the shebeen, all of whom will be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for alleged breaches of regulations restricting unnecessary movement. Pic: An Garda Siochana© Provided by Extra.ie A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana confirmed that a number of people were apprehended at the shebeen, all of whom will be issued with Fixed Penalty Notices for alleged breaches of regulations restricting unnecessary movement. Pic: An Garda Siochana

The shebeen uncovered in Swords is the latest in a plethora of similar illicit operations raided by Gardai since stringent Level 5 public health restrictions came back into effect shortly after Christmas.

In early January, cash and alcohol was seized from a shebeen found operating in Westport, Co Mayo, while Gardai in Rathkeale, Co Limerick, surprised a number of drinkers and card players at a shebeen operating in the rear of a former pub.

Under current public health restrictions, all hospitality businesses, including licensed premises, are restricted to takeaway and delivery services, while indoor social gatherings are banned and the mixing of households is prohibited.

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