Are there actual fines in relation to Covid I wonder. Probably a slap on the wrist to the hotel owner. But I’d say there might be a few Hogan defences against phone driving.Going to be interesting if there is a court challenge against a fine levied by Gardai for breach of covid-19 restrictions. A court challenge might include the point that regulations were not applied evenly across the country which led to confusion in the communication of restrictions. Therefore it would be a bit harsh to penalise one person and not penalise others, based on a law which was untested and confused in application.
Don't know whether it would float or not in an Irish courtroom but the chances of Clifden being raised in connection with any appeal against fines is probably quite high.