Golf dinner guests ‘assured by organizers that event was COVID compliant’


Ust, who attended a controversial dinner at the Golf Society, told a court that the organizers had assured him that the event complied with COVID laws.

The trials of two politicians and two hoteliers, who face charges of violating coronavirus rules, were also told that no one at the event expressed any concern that the gathering broke the rules for indoor gatherings.

Galway East Independent TD Noel Grealish, 55, former Fianna Fell senator Donnie Cassidy, 75, John Sweeney, 60, and his son James Sweeney, 32, who owns the Station House Hotel, accused of illegally holding an Orchatas Golf Society event Is charged. ,

All four faced the same allegation that, on 19 August 2020, they organized an event that violated the Health Act 1947, as amended, to prevent, limit, reduce the spread of COVID-19. or to slow down.

John Sweeney, 60, (front) and James Sweeney, 32, leave Galway District Court (Andrew Downs/PA) , PA Wire

The alleged crime relates to a dinner that took place at the Station House Hotel, Clifden, County Galway, which was attended by 81 people.

The trial is taking place in the Galway District Court and is likely to last for several days.

John Flaherty, former captain of the guard at Leinster House, who attended the event, was among those who gave evidence.

He said that before the event, he spoke to the organizers who assured him that it was in “consultation” with the Falte Ireland guidelines, he said.

“I called and talked to the hotel,” said Mr. Flaherty.

“I called not only several weeks ago but also about two to three days ago.

“He assured me that all precautions would be taken.”

Mr Flaherty told the court that he was directed to his seat and sat at a table with former TD Michael Harty, Senator Paddy Burke and broadcaster Sean O’Rourke.

Mr Flaherty said there was no movement of people in the room and that the guests were “kept on the tables” that were assigned to them.

He told that the food was over at around 11 pm.

He told the court that he believed that the guidelines were being followed at all times.

“I wouldn’t participate if I knew it broke the rules,” he said.

I was personally satisfied that it was being operated as per the guidelines. i felt safe

“I was personally satisfied that it was being conducted as per the guidelines. I felt safe.”

Rod McAuliffe, who was Mr Flaherty’s guest, said: “The (staff) were overwhelming wearing masks and there was no bar service.