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General News / November 16, 2020

Dublin councillor calls out “groovy hipsters” drinking on South William St

General News / November 16, 2020

Dublin councillor calls out “groovy hipsters” drinking on South William St

“Don’t forget, these are all hipsters. I don’t see any family members or anybody over 60 sticking their hand in the window of a public house and taking out a pint.”

A Dublin councillor has called out “groovy hipsters” that were filmed drinking on South William Street on Saturday night.

Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Councillor Mannix Flynn called for an end to the sale of takeaway pints to “groovy hipsters”.

It comes off the back of criticism towards crowds of people who were drinking outside on South William Street on Saturday night.

“I think you stop the takeaway pints and you close that whole situation down and you look to subsidise businesses that are suffering,” he said.

“The idea that you can simply hand out alcohol out a window and go here you go lads; it is all cool and trendy.”

“Don’t forget, these are all hipsters. I don’t see any family members or anybody over 60 sticking their hand in the window of a public house and taking out a pint.”

“This is all groovy hipsters.”

It comes after Grogan’s Pub on South William St posted their response to the crowds of people gathering in the street over the weekend. Bystanders allegedly urinated on the side of the building and left a considerable amount of litter.

Speaking on the people in question Flynn said, they “don’t seem to have much regard for anybody else.”

“We have seen some of these hipsters trying to get up the like of Clanbrassil Street with six or seven pints on a tray,” he said.

“I think we have to take this seriously. You have to have respect for those who have died from this pandemic.”

“It is important to remember the vast majority of young people are adhering to the strict rules and conditions in relation to the pandemic and staying out of the city and staying away from social gatherings,” he said.

“This group was organised. They had contempt for the rest of us. They have come into South William Street. They behaved appallingly and refused to leave when residents asked them.”

Gardaí responded to the incident on Saturday night and confirmed they dispersed groups of people and that no breaches of COVID-19 regulations were detected.

He defended the Gardaí response saying, “The Gardaí took some time to get there because they are very, very busy and when they did get there, their powers are very limited.”