Gardaí have confirmed that three people were arrested after reports of a street party in Carysfort Avenue, Castletroy, Co. Limerick last night.
In a statement issued just after 10pm on Tuesday, Gardaí said that they "received reports of a street party which was taking place on Carysfort Avenue, College Court, Castletroy, Co. Limerick this evening Tuesday 2nd March, 2021. A policing operation was put in place and a significant number of Garda units attended the scene."
It was added that "An Garda Síochána has been consistent in our graduated policing response (engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce) to supporting Public Health Regulations and guidelines in line with our tradition of policing by consent. Garda members attempted to engage with the gathered individuals.
Significant number of Gardaí attended a public order incident in Castletroy this evening. Three arrests and over 30 FPNs for breach of Covid Regulations. Investigations ongoing to establish organisers of street party. pic.twitter.com/xNE0AzBpDI
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) March 2, 2021
"Following continued and orchestrated non-compliance with Public Health Regulations and failing to comply with directions from An Garda Síochána, Gardaí were forced to intervene at approximately 7.15pm.
"Three persons were arrested at the scene. Two men (20s) were arrested under the Public Order Legislation and one man (20s) was arrested under Misuse of Drugs Legislation."
It's thought that the party was attended by students of the University of Limerick and Gardaí say that that "continue to have a close and positive working relationship with the authorities and community in the University of Limerick, which was previously demonstrated at the start of the Academic year in 2020. Gardaí in Limerick will continue to provide high visibility patrols in the vicinity of the University of Limerick campus and surrounding residential areas to check compliance to Covid-19 regulations and keep the community safe."
UL Interim President Kerstin Mey tweeted last night to say that the college 'will take action with strong disciplinary measures against any student who has been found to have breached public health guidelines.' She added that 'students at UL are subject to a Code of Conduct.'