CLOSE to 40 breaches of health regulations or licencing laws have been detected by gardaí during inspections of pubs in recent weeks.
In a statement, An Garda Síochána said that thousands of inspections were conducted across the country last weekend to "support public health guidelines".
The statement continued: "To date, the vast majority of licensed premises operating have been found to be in compliance with regulations and licensing laws, but in 37 individual cases (including the 26 potential breaches found during the weekend of July 3 to July 5) – Gardaí have found potential breaches of the health regulations or licensing laws even after providing the premises with the opportunity to rectify the situation. Files will now be prepared for the DPP in each of these cases."
In all cases, gardaí found that customers who were consuming alcohol had not consumed or purchased food on the premises.
Under public health guidelines, alcohol can only be served if a substantial meal worth at least €9 has been purchased.
Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, "The continued high level of compliance among licensed premises is very welcome. However, there remains a minority who are putting their employees, their customers and their local community at risk of getting COVID-19. Customers of such licensed premises also have a responsibility to play their part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 to protect their family, friends and neighbours.”
Gardai say they will not provide an area breakdown in relation to the detections.