06/10/2022

Gardaí will be given stronger powers to shut pubs not following public health regulations under proposals going to Cabinet this afternoon.

Gardaí will be given stronger powers to shut pubs not following public health regulations under proposals going to Cabinet this afternoon. 
It is likely that the Government will sign-off on the legislation today and it would then go before the Dáil next week.   
Gardaí have carried out thousands of inspections of pubs that are required to serve food and to maintain social distance on the premises. 
However, the Government has concluded that gardaí need enforcement powers which would allow them to act quickly when these guidelines are not being followed. 
It is understood the proposals going to Cabinet today will allow gardaí to swiftly shut a pub if it is breaching regulations. 
The Oireachtas is likely to move promptly to grant gardaí these powers and it will top the legislative agenda when the Dáil resumes on Wednesday.