House party fines will be last resort

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The Garda Representative Association (GRA) says it wasn’t consulted about proposals to introduce fines for people hosting or attending house parties.

A new bill aims to allow Gardai to issue fines of €1,000 to people who refuse to leave a party, while organisers could face a penalty of the same amount for a first offence.

If someone is caught throwing a party a third time, they could be fined €2,500 fine or face six months in prison.

Jim Mulligan, President of the Garda Representative Association, says they’ll only be handed out as a last resort.

Mr Mulligan said: “Obviously there has been reckless behaviour, obviously the Government has looked at this and reviewed the situation before coming up with this legislation.”

He added: “It’s been few and far between thankfully [gardaí having to enforce measures] and hopefully it will continue like that our members would prefer to be advising people and people heeding that advice, and that the use of these measures is a very last resort.”



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