A judge in Longford has said what happened in the town last night is an insult to the local people and all those who have been abiding public health guidelines.

Judge Keenan Johnson criticised those who organised the wedding celebration event and said the "dogs on the street knew this was in breach of all Covid regulations".

Longford County Council applied to the Circuit Court to have some of those involved brought before the court to explain why they breached a court order.

The local authority went to court yesterday seeking a court order, to prevent the wedding celebration going ahead.

A list of names was handed to the court including those of the bride and groom, marquee supplier Ventura Limited and the catering company.

Judge Keenan Johnson directed they appear before a special sitting of the court on Monday at 2pm.

The Judge described what happened in Longford as "outrageous and scandalous" and in "complete and absolute defiance".

He said it was an insult to the people of Longford, those who are abiding by the regulations and to the young couples who had to defer or scale back their weddings.

Judge Johnson said he accepted that Longford County Council and the gardaí did all they could and the "bottom line is, these people are adults".

Superintendent Jim Delaney of Longford Garda Station said he became aware of the wedding after an anonymous tip-off to gardaí.

He said when became aware of what was happening, he contacted Longford County Council and Public Health.

He said Public Health contacted Pavee Point in a bid to try and persuade those involved to call off the event.

Superintendent Delaney said once Longford County Council sought the order, he ensured that extra gardaí be deployed in the town.

He said gardaí had no power to stop people entering the event as those attending entered through a halting site.

He said extensive enquiries were made to establish what catering company had supplied the event and gardaí established it was a local catering company.

He said gardaí spoke with the catering company and advised them.

Gardaí also met with the parents of the bride and the parents of the groom and advised them in relation to the Covid guidelines and served them with copies of the regulations.

Officers also met with Ventura Marquee Hire and advised the owner to take the marquee down.

Superintendent Delaney he along with several gardaí escorted contractors down to the site yesterday evening and spoke with several people.

He said up to 100 people were present on the site at the time, including several children.

He said a file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to the wedding organisers and the owner of the marquee hire company.