Magazine Road area latest: Gardaí confirm multiple incidents as residents asked to leave issues to authorities 

Magazine Road area latest: Gardaí confirm multiple incidents as residents asked to leave issues to authorities 
The latest incident follows days of protests held by locals from Magazine Road and the surrounding areas in response to what they claim are large house parties taking place in the area.Picture Denis Minihane.

Renters should behave, but residents need to leave the issues in the College Road and Magazine Road areas to Gardaí to sort out, according to a local councillor.

Residents from the area have highlighted concerns about house parties and Gardaí confirmed to The Echo that they have attended approximately 10 incidents in the area in the last 10 days. 

Councillor Mick Finn made the comments after video emerged on social media which appears to show two men enter the front garden of a house in the locality and engage in an argument with residents of the house. 

One of the men picks up glass bottles from bags stacked on the front path and throws one towards the house. 

The video, posted online by Cork’s 96FM, was taken by one of the young women inside the house from a top window.

In it one woman shouts: “Oh my God get out of my house. What the f**k?” 

To which one of the men responds: “What the f**k yourself. We f***king live here. We have to f***king live here.” 

A woman responds: “We didn’t do anything, it’s our own house.” 

It comes following days of protests held by locals from Magazine Road and the surrounding areas in response to what they claim are large house parties taking place in the area. 

Catherine Clancy, Chairperson of the Magazine Road and Surrounding Area Residents Association told The Echo they were horrified by the video circulating.

“We have huge sympathy for the young people that were in that house and those people’s actions have compounded what we are dealing with at the moment in the area,” she said.

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána told The Echo that following reports they have attended approximately 10 incidents concerning house parties in the College Road/Magazine Road area in the last 10 days. 

No arrests were made by Gardaí.

“In each incident Gardaí spoke to the residence and reminded them of the government regulations and guidelines. Gardaí are still approaching all Covid related incidents using the 4 E’s – engage, explain, encourage, and as a last resort, enforce,” the Garda spokesperson said.

“Gardaí in the Cork City Division have increased patrols in this area, and other areas in line with our policing plan during the current Covid-19 pandemic.” 

However, they have not received an official report on the incident contained in the video circulating online, and said they could not comment on videos circulating on social media.

Councillor Mick Finn said: “Gardaí are the only ones who should be ensuring public order but I did indicate to senior management that I feared people would take it into their own hands.

“I don’t know the context for what happened in this video - either before, during or after - but the audio illustrates the level of anger and frustration around. There has been a noticeable step-up in Garda activity in the area which we will need for the summer.

“Renters need to behave: the people who approached the house need to leave it to Gardaí,” he added.

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