Investigation launched into Donegal protest

Donegal Gardaí are investigating after a protest took place in Letterkenny yesterday.

Around 2pm on Saturday, a crowd gathered at Market Square to hear speeches against restrictions, ignoring calls from the town’s mayor and Chamber of Commerce not to turn up.

Level three restrictions for Co Donegal came into effect at a minute past midnight on Friday.

It was watched by local Gardaí.

They say they have no power to deal with those at the demonstration who did not wear face coverings, or to bring charges against individual attendees.

But they say to organise an event with more than 100 attendees in a county where the restrictions are in force is banned under the under Section 31A of the Health Act of 1947.

They only came back into force a week ago, and this would be one of the first times the act’s powers have been invoked since then.

Fines of up to 2,500 euro or a jail term of up to six months could be imposed for a breach, or both.

Gardaí have now started an investigation to identify the organisers.