Video: Taoiseach Warns He Will Seek To Stop Mass Gatherings In Pubs


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned he could look to secure powers to enforce the curtailment of large gatherings in pubs.

That’s after scenes of drunken behaviour and sing songs in Dublin’s city centre last night raised concerns with officials and government ministers, The Guardian reports.

Images on social media revealed a packed pub in Temple Bar over the weekend and has received harsh criticism from Paul Reid, the CEO of the Health Service Executive (HSE) as well as concerned ministers.

The Taoiseach added with this advice:

“People who have been out this weekend should avoid physical contact with seniors or people with chronic diseases. You could make them very very sick.”

The Taoiseach’s warning comes after European affairs minister Helen McEntee expressed deep concern about mass gatherings in pubs. She implored the public to stay safe and pay attention to social distancing advice

The minister warned that such closures of the hospitality sector would have dire consequences for business owners, their workers and families.

According to Breaking News, Health Minister Simon Harris dubbed the video doing the rounds on social media as an ‘insult’ to the good work of nurses and doctors making preparations for a pandemic.