House party attended by over 50 people described as “grossly irresponsible” by Waterford Mayor 3 months ago

House party attended by over 50 people described as “grossly irresponsible” by Waterford Mayor

Video footage widely circulated on social media showed dozens of people being escorted out of a house by Gardaí.

Mayor of Waterford Damien Geoghegan has described those who attended a house party in Waterford last weekend as “grossly irresponsible” and said that locals are “shocked and angry” that it took place.

Video footage widely circulated on social media in recent days showed dozens of people being escorted out of a house in Waterford by two members of An Garda Síochána.

In a statement to JOE, it was confirmed that Gardaí in Waterford responded to reports of a disturbance at a location in Briot Drive at approximately 8.35pm on Saturday (27 June).

Gardaí said that a number of people were asked to leave the area and all complied.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast on Thursday, Mayor of Waterford Damien Geoghegan described what had happened as “unacceptable” and said that those who had attended had been “grossly irresponsible”.

While Geoghegan said he could understand young people wanting to meet with their friends, he said such meetings should be kept to small circles.

Geoghegan said Waterford was very proud of the county’s low infection rate to date and that people were “shocked and angry” by footage of people being escorted out of the house.

According to government data, there have been 157 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Waterford to date; only Sligo and Leitrim have a lower number of cases.

“People have got to remember that although restrictions may have been lifted the virus has not gone away,” Geoghegan said.

“We will see spikes. To see over 60 people in a house like that is unacceptable.”