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COVID-19: Calls For Army To Be Brought Into Galway

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

5:38 PM - 29 Sep 2020



An emergency meeting has taken place between Galway City Council, Gardaí, colleges and students after large crowds congregated near Spanish Arch last night.

In a joint statement they said what happened last night was completely unacceptable and will all work to ensure it doesn't occur again.

The group said it will meet again later in the week if needed.

Fianna Fail Senator in the city Ollie Crowe believes the army should be deployed to help Gardaí ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed.

"I was in touch with the Gardaí on Sunday night and in touch with them again last night.

"They're under huge pressure and they need, as I alluded to earlier, it wasn't just the Spanish Arch last night - it was Shop Street, it was house parties, student accommodation.

"They need more resources, and whether that is additional resources deployed by the Department of Justice or whether it's resources in relation to the army, they certainly need to be strengthened."

Calls for the army to be deployed to deal with the crowds in Galway are backed by a leading restaurateur in the city.

Chef JP McMahon says everything must be done to avoid another lockdown.

""If it's the difference between going into another lockdown, or controlling 1,000 people all around Galway, if that's the difference I would welcome it.

"We've lost half our workforce, we had 45 staff, we now have 22.

"Another lockdown is going to have a serious effect on us and our ability to keep on going."



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