26 pubs facing prosecution for public health and licensing breaches
Gardaí said they gave premises a chance to rectify the situation.
Twenty-six pubs are facing potential prosecution for breaches in public health guidelines and licensing laws following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions last week.
6,830 checks on 2,785 licensed premises were carried out all over the country last weekend as part of Operation Navigation.
Gardaí said the vast majority of licensed premises operating were found to be in compliance with regulations and licensing laws but 26 were found to potentially be in breach of them.
Gardaí said this was even after providing the premises with the opportunity to rectify the situation.
In many of the cases, Gardaí discovered premises serving alcohol but there was no evidence of food being consumed or receipts to show that food was purchased.
A lack of adherence to public health advice such as allowing large groups at the one table, little to no social distancing, no advisory signage, and no Covid-19 contact tracing being recorded were also observed by Gardaí.
Files will now be prepared for the DPP to decide how many of the 26 cases will be brought before the courts.
"The significant number of visits conducted by Gardaí found a large level of compliance among licensed premises," Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said.
"This is very welcome. However, we remain concerned that a minority are potentially operating in breach of the regulations. In doing so, they are putting the health of their customers and staff and everyone they come into contact with after at risk of getting Covid-19.
"We are sending a clear message to such premises that we will be opposing their liquor license renewal applications in September unless they come into compliance.
"In addition, the public has shown great restraint and responsibility to date in adhering to the public health guidelines. The reality is that Covid-19 is still here. We all have an individual responsibility to ensure we continue to play our part in reducing the spread of Covid-19 to protect our family, friends and neighbours.”