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.’
Watch: Fury in Galway as large crowds of students congregate around the city (Extra.ie)
Pics via Twitter
An Cladach, Cathair na Gaillimhe. Galway city, yesterday.
Chief Justice Frank Clarke (left) and Supreme Court Justice Séamus Woulfe
The Supreme Court has released a statement concerning court member Justice Séamus Woulfe and his attendance at the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner last week.
Justice Woulfe signed off on the Covid regulations as Attorney General prior to joining the Supreme Court in July.
The statement read:
“The Supreme Court has requested former Chief Justice, Ms Justice Susan Denham, to consider certain questions arising out of the attendance of Mr Justice Seamus Woulfe at an event in the west of Ireland last week and to report her conclusions and recommendations to the Chief Justice.
“Ms Justice Denham has agreed to that request and will commence her work immediately.
“Ms Justice Denham has been asked to consider whether Mr Justice Woulfe should have accepted the invitation to dinner. In addition, whether he should, in all the circumstances, have left the hotel in the light of the situation prevailing.
“Furthermore, whether he should have attended the golf event without attending the dinner. In the context of those questions Ms Justice Denham has also been asked to consider whether there are any relevant codes of practice or guidelines and to make any recommendations in that regard which she considers appropriate.
“This non-statutory approach has been necessitated because of the fact that relevant sections of the Judicial Council Act 2019 have not yet been commenced.”
Via Orla O’Donnell
Previously: Woulfe Trapped
River Corrib at Galway city.
Peter Skelton tweetz:
They say a picture is worth a thousand words first one (top) taken at 7am, second at 9am. I don’t get this culture of drinking outdoors and leaving all your trash behind. Well done to the City council workers out there 7 days a week keeping our town clean…
How Galway compares with Budapest, Hungary and Talinn, Estonia – both countries are on the ‘government’s travel-friendly ‘Green (with envy) List’.
Guaranteed rain and the ‘craic’ doesn’t come cheap, you know.
*hits thigh with spoons*
Earlier: Spoilt For Choice
From top: Dick Dowling plaque on the Town Hall in Tuam, County Galway; Christopher Columbus monument in Galway
People Before Profit has called on local authorities in Galway to remove monuments which the party claims ‘glorify’ slavery and racism.
It wants a monument to Christopher Columbus in Galway to be taken down and is also seeking the removal of a plaque in Tuam, honouring Major Richard (Dick) Dowling, who served with the Confederate army in the US.
The Columbus monument, close to the Spanish Arch, was erected to mark the quincentenary of his 1492 voyage to America.
…People Before Profit says an absence of any reference to Columbus’ “genocidal brutality” on the monument is disrespectful.
Call to remove Galway monuments ‘glorifying slavery’ (RTÉ)
Pic via Visit Galway
Stone walls and the grass is green.
MV Naomh Eanna writes:
This photo is believed to be taken circa mid 50’s and would be two of the Coyne brothers. Dermot & Brendan Coyne. The area Callachnoic is half way between Cashel and Carna just before you come to Glynsk House...
John Hinde Collection
Cloosh Valley, Connemara, County Galway.
Barry Houlihan writes:
Turf cut and drying on the mountain by Galway Wind Park.