Meath East TD, Helen McEntee,  met with the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris  this morning for the first time since becoming Justice Minister.

The get together took place in Slane and afterwards McEntee revealed that the issue of giving Gardai new powers to stop the spread of Covid – 19 will be kept under review.

Responding to reports of packed pubs in Dublin last Saturday night she said,  “This is obviously something we need to continuously review. I think to date the vast majority of citizens, and businesses, whether pubs or restaurants over the weekend, have complied with regulations.

“They put in place measures to not just protect their staff, but obviously protect people coming into their premises.

“Of course we have seen some scenes over the weekend that were disappointing.

“I would ask and I would urge everybody to comply with public health regulations because we have come so far. We have made such great progress and whilst we have been able to implement measures and bring them forward, what we do not want is to have to reimplement any of these measures that we have now relaxed over the last while.”

“Certainly it is an issue that will be kept under review. I will be meeting with my Cabinet colleagues later today and obviously we will keep engaged with the Commissioner if further measures or perhaps proposals are needed for them.”