‘Stay home to stay safe.’
That the message from An Garda Síochána this St Patrick’s Day, as the public is warned to avoid large gatherings and house parties.
“Despite constant and consistent public health advice, An Garda Síochána continues to find people gathering in large groups at social occasions and at house parties. Such events put those attending, and everyone they meet afterwards, at risk of catching Covid-19.” said a Garda spokesperson.
As of March 12th 2021, An Garda Síochána had issued 429 €500 fines for organising a house party and 1,677 €150 fines for attending a house party.
On St Patrick’s Day, at any one time, more than 2,500 Gardaí will be on duty across the country to ensure public health measures are adhered to.
This includes high visibility patrolling at public amenities; conducting checkpoints focused on non-essential travel and people exercising outside 5km of their home; road safety activity; managing any large gatherings that may occur, and providing support for the vulnerable including victims of domestic abuse.
A large scale policing plan is also in place in Dublin, where numerous protests have been organised online.
Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, Anne Marie McMahon said, “While it won’t be a normal St Patrick’s Day, we can still all enjoy the day safely at home.
“Staying home this St Patrick’s Day is the best thing people can do for their country and the best thing they can do for the people they know and love.”