Gardai in Cork have increased patrols in the city amid what they describe as “ongoing tensions among certain parties”.
It comes as a video began circulating on social media earlier this evening of a large gang of people, many of whom had their faces covered with balaclavas or hoodies, who appear to call out another group to a fight.
The video features a group of more than 30 individuals.
It follows the circulation of a number of similar videos on social media earlier this year.
This evening, garda sources said they were aware of the situation and responding.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said that they were aware of “serious ongoing tensions between certain parties” and said that a number of additional patrols were being carried out.
“We would ask anyone who witnesses such a gathering to report it to us. We will respond,” he said.
The Chief Superintendent added that gardaí had seriously ramped up their responses to gatherings of any kind in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and stressed that social distancing should be exercised at all times.
Meanwhile, local councillor Kenneth O’Flynn said people in parts of the northside of the city were “living in fear” and said gardaí, Cork City Council and other stakeholders had to take urgent action to address the issue.
“This has to stop, it has to be brought to a halt,” he said adding that “people have to be called out, arrests have to be made.”