Jack Quann
Jack Quann

13.28 21 Sep 2020


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Several residents who live at the Oliver Bond Street flats in Dublin city have told Newstalk they are disgusted over a rave that was held there at the weekend.

Gardaí are investigating the incident, which saw a DJ play to a crowd of around 100 people on Saturday night.

Henry McKean visited the Oliver Bond Street flats for Pat Kenny.

One woman told him: "It was bang out of order, and it should not have happened - it should not have happened.

"There was too many there and there was no social distancing whatsoever.

"It was kind of a rave, if you look at it in that way.

"They were teens, I don't know whether all this was getting to their heads and that they're confined to a certain space.

"They can't go out to their normal club or wherever."

She said it kept her awake "all night".

"The locals did go down and they did clean what was left there of it.

"I hope it does not go down again", she added.

Another other woman said the people having the party were "15 to 20 I'd say at least, probably younger".

The scene of the rave on Saturday in the Oliver Bond Street flats. Picture by: Josh Crosbie

"The music was just too loud - I only live there so it was mental.

"I had them on the stairs pissing, had to keep putting them off.

"It's not fair on the people that live locally, but it was the mess more so than the noise".

She also said that the majority of those attending the rave were not from the flat complex.

"Most of them weren't from the flats... I'd say at least 10 of them were from the flats."

"I could see it all cause I only live there - they weren't from the flats."

She said she understands young people want to have fun, but it is not fair on residents.

"They're young kids at the end of the day as well, they do want to have fun.

"Everywhere is closed, as people are saying, so it is people just wanting to have fun - but it's not fair for the people that live here".

"They're young kids, they're trying to have fun, they don't understand", she added.

Another woman said they are meeting the manager of the complex to get some answers.

"We're absolutely disgusted about what happened in the complex.

"Most of the people that were at that other night don't even live in the flats."

"A lot of elderly people, a lot of young children, it's just not on and we want answers today".

This woman said: "The residents hadn't anything to do with it at all, it just went ahead.

"We have a football team that would like to takeover the football pitch and look after it and lock it up at night.

"So we've no say what goes on in it - we weren't a bit happy with what went on, we had to clean it all up then".

"It took about 12 men and women to get in and clean it all up. We took 20 bags of rubbish, we found drugs [and] everything on it".

Earlier Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the event was "a serious issue".

He told Pat Kenny: "I think the Oliver Bond situation is being investigated by the Gardaí, the manner of its organisation, there might be a range of issues there that the Gardaí have to attend to above and beyond the social distancing and the breach of regulations and guidance in relation to public health.

"And that is a serious issue".

'They were on the stairs pissing' - Oliver Bond Street residents 'disgusted' over weekend rave

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Main image: The Oliver Bond Street flat complex in Dublin city. Picture by: Henry McKean

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