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'F***k the coronavirus' - ERU sent in to clear pub drinkers


Gardai in The Cabra House at 12.30am on Monday last

Gardai in The Cabra House at 12.30am on Monday last

Gardai in The Cabra House at 12.30am on Monday last

A garda public order unit was sent in to shut a north Dublin pub which remained open after closing hours and after it was announced that all pubs across the country were to close.

Our photo shows officers clearing out the pub in Cabra at 12.30am on Monday when there were still around 30 punters drinking inside. According to legislation, last orders in pubs on Sundays is at 11pm.

The incident happened in The Cabra House after all pubs nationwide had agreed that they would close at the end of business on March 15 for two weeks to help combat the spread of coronavirus.


It was an hour-and-a-half after closing time when gardai entered The Cabra House and ensured it was shut down and customers removed.

No arrests were made but gardai ordered that the pub close immediately.

"Because of the unique nature of this health crisis it is envisioned that public order units across the country will be utilised much more frequently," a source told the Herald.

"What you saw in the early hours of Monday is just one example of this."

The garda raid was videoed on a mobile phone and then uploaded onto social media.

In the video, officers can be seen talking to staff and then requesting that everyone in the pub leave immediately.

One drinker is heard exclaiming: "The ERU in here bleedin' running amok."

"F**k the coronavirus," shouts one man.

Later, as gardai ask people to leave, they are subjected to more abuse. "Get out of the f**king pub," one man shouts.

The video ends with the drinkers dispersing outside the pub.