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Belfast Obel Tower party felt like a slap in the face to coronavirus frontline health staff... but was it that different to a middle-aged barbecue?

Eilis O'Hanlon


If young partygoers are happy to risk other people's health, then they are going to have to risk their own when they're asked to go back to work, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

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Parties were held over seven floors in the Dream Apartment Obel 64 block in Belfast

Parties were held over seven floors in the Dream Apartment Obel 64 block in Belfast

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Parties were held over seven floors in the Dream Apartment Obel 64 block in Belfast

Parties were held over seven floors in the Dream Apartment Obel 64 block in Belfast

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police arrive to deal with partygoers

Police arrive to deal with partygoers

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Parties were held over seven floors in the Dream Apartment Obel 64 block in Belfast

On Sunday morning, I had to drive someone in the family to Lisburn for emergency dental treatment. The dentists were swathed head to foot in protective scrubs, face visors, goggles and gloves to protect themselves and their patients from the coronavirus, but worked methodically and cheerfully to provide the best treatment in extraordinary times.

Meanwhile, partygoers from Obel Tower 64 on Belfast's Donegall Quay were probably still sleeping off their revels, after police were called to eject dozens of people from all-night parties being held there hours earlier in defiance of social distancing.

The contrast couldn't be starker. It's only natural for young people to get together at the weekend to enjoy themselves and have a drink.