Teens told to 'cop on': Reports of Cork house parties and drinking sessions in fields

Teens told to 'cop on': Reports of Cork house parties and drinking sessions in fields

TEENAGERS are being asked to ‘cop on’ and not to flout social distancing regulations. 

Local representatives and community activists in Cork City have voiced concerns about gatherings in fields and house parties.

This week chief medical officer Tony Holohan said the number of young people being infected with Covid-19 in the community is concerning. 

Dr Holohan said the days between now and May 18 “are just as important as the first weeks of our response”.

“Our behaviours are crucial in maintaining our progress,” he said.

Sinn Féin’s TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said he had received reports of a house party in the city, and had seen groups of young people gathering in other areas.

Independent councillor Mick Finn also said he had heard music and talk wafting through the air from a house party recently, and was also aware of a gathering in another house for a birthday.

“The majority of young people are abiding by the rules and that has to be recognised,” Mr Ó Laoghaire said.

“There are a minority of young people who are gathering in ways that should not be happening.”

He urged people to “cop on” and said: “I would appeal to people to show compassion and respect for the healthcare workers.”

Don O’Sullivan from Knocknaheeny, who runs the Impact, Our Community Matters page on Facebook, said that he is aware of gatherings in recent days of teenagers in fields on the outskirts of the city.

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