Gardaí in Cobh were forced to return to the same area multiple times on Saturday evening following a number of incidents.
Throughout the course of the evening one young male had to be taken to hospital after sustaining serious but non-life threatening injuries, while on a separate visit a youth was arrested following a public order incident.
The incidents occurred in the Ballynoe Hill area of Cobh.
Local Labour councillor Cathal Rasmussen said he understood that young people were drinking, and said he was very disappointed that they were ignoring social distancing guidelines, and wasting Garda time.
“It’s happening in every town and village in Ireland unfortunately at the moment, and it’s wrong. Unfortunately, it’s a part of life in Ireland today that young people go bushing but it can’t be condoned, particularly at the moment.
“The guards have enough to be doing. The fact that the guards had come to these people and asked them to move on and they had to go back a few times, I think is even worse. It shows total disrespect to the guards,” he said.
Mr Rasmussen who is chair of Cork County Council’s Joint Policing Committee, has called on parents to be aware of what their children are doing, particularly during the Covid-19 restrictions.
“I would call on parents to know where their children are at all times and speak to their children and explain to them the dangers of drinking like that in the dark, but also at the moment with social distancing.
“They’re inconsiderate really when you think of all the people who have died.” A statement from An Garda Siochána confirmed that they attended two separate incidents at Ballynoe Hill between Saturday evening and Saturday night.
The first occurred at 8:40pm. “A male youth was injured during this incident and was taken to Cork University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries,” a statement from Gardaí said.
“Gardaí attended a separate public order incident in Ballynoe Hill (on) Saturday 23rd May, at approximately 11:25pm. A male youth was arrested and has since been released without charge.”