Gardaí launch investigation into "indoor gathering" after Danny Healy Rae controversy 5 months ago

Gardaí launch investigation into "indoor gathering" after Danny Healy Rae controversy

Kerry Gardaí said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Gardaí in Kerry have launched an investigation into an "indoor gathering" at a "licensed premises"

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It comes following controversy last month after footage and images emerged online appearing to show breaches of Covid-19 regulations at Danny Healy-Rae's pub.

The video released online last month showed people socialising indoors with Healy-Rae in the Kilgarvin based pub owned by the Independent TD while there was also pictures indoor of a crowd gathered inside the pub as part of a family wedding celebration.

"An Garda Síochána does not comment directly on social media content the context and veracity of which remains to be verified however An Garda Síochána are aware of images and video published online appearing to be an indoor gathering in a licensed premises," Gardaí said in a statement on Thursday.

"An investigation into this matter by Kerry Gardaí is ongoing."

The video was uploaded by Radio Kerry's current affairs programme Kerry Today on Twitter, and shows a gathering in the pub with an apparent lack of mask-wearing and social distancing. There's also footage of people dancing topless, sitting on each other's shoulders and taking photos.

The footage from the gathering also shows Healy-Rae in attendance and posing for pictures.

Kerry Today said it had contacted Healy-Rae about the video last month, however, he said at the time that he wasn't aware of the gathering.

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The clip appears to have originated from the Snapchat account of Councillor Maura Healy Rae, Danny's daughter.

JOE has contacted Deputy Danny Healy-Rae and Councillor Maura Healy-Rae for comment on the matter.