In a statement to Extra.ie, Gardai said
‘Gardai attended the scene of a gathering of people that occurred in the Galway city area at approximately 10pm.
‘The crowd was dispersed without incident and Gardai advised people present of the relevant health guidelines in place.
‘Gardai are not investigating breaches of Public Health Regulations by those in attendance.
‘There are no penal regulations prohibiting [a] person/persons attending such gatherings. There are no penal regulations in respect of social distancing, wearing of masks in [a] public area.
‘An Garda Siochana has no statutory powers under “COVID Regulations” to prevent these gatherings taking place.’
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