Appeals have been made for parents to enforce curfews on teenagers after a beach party led to public order arrests and fears of a Covid-19 spike.
The party took place on Kilkee beach in Co Clare on Saturday night with some residents reporting it went on until 3am.
Fianna Fáil councillor Cillian Murphy called on parents to give their children curfews.
Clare County Council is set to block off the bandstand on the beach from 6pm, as a result of the party.
“This looked like the aftermath of Oxegen and parents should be looking now at a curfew for their children and young people to prevent this again,” he told the Irish Independent.
“There were lots of teenagers. At 6.30am I heard loud voices outside.
“The reality is these kids were out and their parents didn’t know where they were.
“If they did know, there was no responsibility taken for what happened. Really the parents need to know where their children and young people are, due to Covid-19.”
Gardai in Kilrush made nine arrests for public order offences. Three men have been charged and are due to appear in court next month while two male youths will be dealt with through the Youth Diversion Programme.
Gardai said two men and one woman were cautioned while one man was released without charge.
Residents and those living outside the coastal town, have taken to social media to vent their anger at the party.
One woman tweeted: “Do the rules apply to some and not others? Absolutely disgraceful to see the scenes on Kilkee beach tonight and this isn’t the first of it.
“It’s no wonder cases are on the rise again with this nonsense going on and it isn’t just at night either.”
Footage shared online showed a large number of young people partying in very close proximity and rubbish left behind afterwards.
The council’s ground team cleaned the area this morning.
Calls have been made for a stronger garda presence to ensure further incidents are averted.
The youths partied under the bandstand on the seafront and photos appear to show some damage was caused.
“I am concerned about the fact you have 15 to 18-year-olds out very late at night, lots of alcohol involved and no social distancing whatsoever,” Cllr Murphy said.
“And on the other hand, we are looking at children going back to school in September.
“There is a responsibility with parents to make sure they know where their kids are.”
The incident comes on as the Government appealed for responsible behaviour over the bank holiday weekend as Covid-19 cases increase.
The Covid-19 focus has shifted to young people. More of them are becoming infected and health authorities across Europe are concerned that they are a significant cause of the worrying increase in case numbers happening in several European countries. More young people are also becoming infected in Ireland, with the median age of new cases now at 33. They are also in our minds because we want them to go back to school and college.