DISGRACEFUL footage emerged this morning of a massive party being held on Grafton Street, just before Level Five restrictions kicked in.
Dozens of revellers were seen dancing and drinking with no regard for social distancing on Dublin's busiest shopping street, mere hours after local businesses closed their doors for what will likely be six weeks.
It's understood that a busker with amplifying equipment supplied the music, with a version of Free From Desire being played in the background.
The video was supposedly recorded around 9.30pm last night and was said to have continued for at least an hour.
"All the businesses having to close tonight and these people just giving two fingers to them and all our frontline workers," wrote one Twitter user.
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Another asked: "Why are we wearing masks, not seeing our children and grandchildren, sitting at home looking at the rain while these fuckers carry on like this?"
"People don't follow laws when they know absolutely nothing will happen if they break them. Should be mass arrests when this kind of sh*t occurs," said another.
At midnight last night, Ireland moved to Level Five of the Government's 'Living With Covid Plan', effectively pushing the country back into full lockdown.
The decision was made after advice from NPHET that suggested that Level Five restrictions would be the only way to slow the spread of Covid-19 and prevent the situation from becoming unmanageable.
Non-essential shops were forced to close, potentially putting thousands of jobs at risk given that so many won't be able to take advantage of what would otherwise have been a very busy pre-Christmas period.