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Gardaí searched the suspected shebeen premises at around 8pm and found a fully operational bar in a repurposed state.
Gardaí searched the suspected shebeen premises at around 8pm and found a fully operational bar in a repurposed state.
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70in television, pool table, gas, kegs and coolers: Gardaí search suspected shebeen 

Gardaí have searched a suspected shebeen in Kildare.

The property near Athy was targeted by officers on Friday evening on suspicion of breaching public health regulations.

Officers launched an investigation after they became aware, through social media, of the premises and that members of the public were congregating against Covid-19 regulations.

Gardaí searched the suspected shebeen premises at around 8pm and found a fully operational bar in a repurposed state.

The premises was fitted with a bar, stools, tables, chairs, 70in flat screen television, and a full size pool table, gardaí said.

There were several beer taps on the bar, along with an under bar cooler and kegs. There was also a smoking area, store room and toilet on the premises.

During the course of this search, gardaí seized five kegs of beer, a significant amount of spirits and bottled beers, and various bar equipment including the taps, gas and coolers.

A full investigation is now under way into this matter and files will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Gardaí appealed to anyone with information about the operation of illegal shebeens to contact their local garda station.

A spokesman for An Garda Siochana said: "The Covid-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Siochana continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations in order to continue to save lives."