Rise in city house parties during lockdown

first_imgNewsCommunityPoliticsRise in city house parties during lockdownBy Alan Jacques – April 13, 2020 972 Cllr Sarah Kiely, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtCONCERNS have been raised over the significant rise in “reckless behaviour” as Gardaí received reports of house parties being held in different areas of the city.Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely told the Limerick Post that she has been contacted by a number of residents from Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston and Castletroy in relation to weekend house parties.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “For some, when we say house party in this current situation, we immediately think of the app, unfortunately, that’s not the case for others. Last weekend alone, I was told there is a significant rise in such reckless behaviour.”These people are downright disrespectful and have no idea how their behaviour is impacting on their neighbours, their community and our health system,” Cllr Kiely said.”At a time when we need to be most vigilant and careful about social physical interaction, we have people, who for no good reason other than selfishness, are having parties.”It is unacceptable.”The City East representative has been in contact with the Gardaí in Roxboro who are monitoring the situation.”The Gardaí have told me they can only encourage people to do the right thing and maintain a presence in the community as it is illegal to enter a private property, even in this case.“From my point of view, I’ve been in a similar situation before as have anyone who has ever had someone with cancer,  on chemotherapy or comprised immune system among other illnesses.“If we all just do the right thing for the greater good, we can come out the other side.”Before this Covid-19 virus some people were in isolation for other health reasons. Now that it is here, the wider community need to do the same as a precaution and a safeguard.”Cllr Kiely went onto urge anyone having these parties to stop immediately and consider the impact their “despicable actions” could have on frontline healthcare staff and their efforts to keep us all safe.”I would also urge anyone who knows where these parties are happening to contact the Garda confidential line. I have been assured that all reports of this nature will be treated with the strictest of confidence and will be dealt with.“I am so angry about this issue and feel sad that when most people are doing the right thing, the few are doing harm, with no conscience, no empathy and no compassion for the most vulnerable who may yet get this virus because of them.” Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Print Previous articlePublic asked to celebrate frontline workers with #MyHeroes campaignNext articleExpansion of supports for businesses during COVID-19 will provie ‘much-needed liquidity’ for firms Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Twitterlast_img