Large crowd filmed at outdoor rave at Dublin flats day after restrictions introduced
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Large crowd filmed at outdoor rave at Dublin flats day after restrictions introduced

UP TO 100 people were filmed at an outdoor rave in Dublin this weekend.

Gardaí were called to the large-scale event at a flat complex on Oliver Bond Street in the south inner-city area of the Irish capital this past Saturday evening

Footage shared on social media shows a DJ playing to a large crowd on an all-weather sports pitch where a marquee has also been erected.

The video was filmed just a day after new restrictions were introduced in Dublin.

The measures were implemented in a bid to slow the rising number of cases of Covid-19 being reported in the capital.

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Oliver Bond Street is situated in an area of Dublin that  has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the country.

Gardaí were called to the flats in the early evening by local residents who told RTE that officers did not arrive on the scene until midnight.

While the party was initially shutdown, they claim many revellers restarted the celebrations in the early hours of the morning, once the officers had left.

Local residents woke the next morning to find the sports pitch had been left in disarray with RTE reporting that several items of drug paraphernalia were found in the clean-up.

Several empty laughing gas canisters and other suspected narcotics were also found.

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In a statement Gardaí confirmed they attended the scene and required those who had gathered disperse.

They found no breaches of regulations and noted they received no complaints about the party starting up again.

"A number of patrols were conducted in the area over the course of the evening,” a spokesperson said.

"In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines and regulations, An Garda Síochána has and will continue to adopt, a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent."

"This has seen Gardaí engage, educate, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce."

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The Taoiseach Micheál Martin has today told Newstalk that Gardai are investigating the party.