AN GARDA Síochána said they are aware of on-going social media reports in relation to people being coughed at by others.
The message came after reports emerged of members of the public being purposely coughed on as part of social media stunts.
Gardaí said that any member of the public should report such activity to An Garda Síochána and not on social media.
They confirmed that a male in his late teens was arrested for a Public Order Offence in Dungarvan on Monday 23 and the matter is under investigation.
Gardaí warned that people coughing at others could amount to an offence under the Public Order Act or Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act. Adding that, Gardaí will treat any reports of this type of activity seriously.