VFI statement following social media footage from Killarney

The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has reiterated its call for the full force of the law to be applied to any pub found to be in breach of guidelines following a number of incidents in Killarney on Saturday night, which involved large groups of people gathering on the streets in contravention of all current protocols.

While the exact nature of what occurred prior to the incidents that appeared on social media remains unclear, the guidelines for restaurants and pubs serving food state that alcohol can only be served along with a €9 meal and guests can only remain on the premises for 105 minutes.

The VFI supports the introduction of new legislation that will give Gardai the powers to close down businesses found to be in breach of the guidelines.

According to Garda statements, the vast majority of pubs serving food are fully adhering to the guidelines.