A court case arising out of the so-called "Golfgate" controversy in Connemara is due to begin today.

In August 2020, the Oireachtas Golf Society held a two-day golfing event in Clifden.

Independent TD for Galway West Noel Grealish was captain of the society, while former Fianna Fáil Senator, Donie Cassidy, was president.

They're accused of breaching Covid-19 regulations that were in place during what was a Level 3 lockdown, which limited indoor gatherings to 50 people.

The allegations relate to a dinner at the Clifden Station House Hotel on August 19th 2020, which marked the end of the golfing event.

The hotel's owner, John Sweeney, and the General Manager, his son James, are also accused of breaching the regulation.

The first day of what's due to be a five-day hearing will get underway before Galway District Court later this morning.




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