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Top Laois Garda praises young people and publicans for adherence to Covid-19 regulations

Chief Superintendent John Scanlan

The Chief Superintendent of the Laois-Offaly Garda Division has praised young people in the county and our publicans for how they have acted under the Covid-19 regulations for the past eight months.

John Scanlan made the comments at Monday’s quarterly meeting which was held at the Dunamaise Arts Centre.

Making particular reference to scenes of crowds gathering to drink in Dublin and Cork at the weekend – Mr Scanlan said that Gardai have dealt with nothing remotely close to that in Laois.

He did acknowledge how his force had dismantled a suspected Shebeen last month but said he would not speak further on that as court proceedings may follow.

But Mr Scanlan did specifically thank young people for their efforts too.

He said: “We have had no problems with informal social gatherings in Laois like what you saw online at the weekend.

“Young people in Laois have been most respectful towards Gardai and most helpful in terms of complying with the Covid-19 regulations.

“We have encountered no issues at checkpoints either – people have really been very good and I want to thank the public for that.

“In the same tone, I want to also acknowledge the publicans of Laois.

“They have been through the most awful of times and have also been very cooperative with the guidelines that are in place.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.