Gardaí have confirmed that no RTÉ staff will be prosecuted for a party held in Montrose during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The Director of Public Prosecutions reportedly found that a spontaneous, unorganized event had taken place during the November gathering to mark the departure of a staff-member, despite the presence of champagne, finger food, cake and balloons.
A spokesman for An Garda Siochana said: “An investigation file was sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions who has since directed no prosecution in the matter. An Garda Siochana will not be making any further comment.”
RTÉ found five breaches of Covid-19 health regulations had occurred at the event following an internal investigation, including a lack of social distancing and face masks, with several presenters apologizing on air for their involvement.
However, today’s Garda statement confirms that TV hosts such as Bryan Dobson, Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh, David McCullagh and Miriam O’Callaghan will not face any charges for their attendance at the event.
RTÉ’s Head of News Jon Williams also apologised to colleagues at the time for the embarrassment, indicating breaches had only occurred in order to take photographs at the event.
“It was only for a moment and it was done with the best of intentions – as indeed were the actions of other colleagues. But it was wrong. And I’m very sorry,” he wrote.
Reaction to the news that no prosecutions will follow has been met with mixed feelings online.
Will be interesting to see the punishment meted out to the traveller wedding recently……….exactly same situation. Let us see if we are all in this together!
— Melly 103 (@mel9999999999) May 14, 2021