Council Urged To Close Public Amenity Car Parks

Cork County Council has been urged  to close all local authority owned car parks at public amenities as social distancing is not being observed.

In an open letter to the County’s Chief Executive Tim Lucey, Sinn Fein Cllr Danielle Twomey has requested the closeure after thousands converged on East Cork beauty spots, increasing the risk of spreading covid 19.

On Sunday Midleton Gardai were deployed  to the Ballycotton cliff walk, to prevent public access as hundreds flooded the area.

Large numbers were also witnessed in Youghal Front Strand and at Ballyandreen where crowds packed the area to enjoy the spring sunshine.

Last week the local authority closed all its playgrounds as part of its efforts to slow the progress of the virus.

“What was witnessed this weekend was nothing short of people’s utter disregard for the safety of their friends and neighbours” said Ms Twomey.

The latest figures released by the Health Protection Survielance Centre show 121 new cases of Covid19 in Ireland tonight and a further death in the North.

This brings a total of 906 cases nationally.

Four people have now lost their life on the island of Ireland due to Corona virus.

These figures are likely to increase in the coming days as there are 40,000 awaiting a Covid 19 test, the results of which will take 4 to 5 days.

Social distancing and washing hands in warm soap and water remains the top priority for the public.