Garda checkpoints to ensure public safety

A GARDA operation launched on Wednesday is to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced recently as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines.

Operation Fanacht was launched on Wednesday and will run until Monday night.

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Gardai say it will see an extensive network of checkpoints established across the country and at any one time, there will be over 2,500 gardai involved in checkpoints or high visibility patrolling.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: “This significant policing operation is designed to support travel restrictions put in place to help flatten the curve and save lives.

“There has been very good compliance with the travel restrictions and we want to thank the public for this. However, it is vital that this continues over the coming days and over the weekend. This will save lives.

"In particular, we would ask people who are thinking of travelling to parks, natural beauty spots or holiday homes outside of the 2km limit not to do so. We are sending them a clear message that if they are stopped at a checkpoint they will be turned back.”

The operation will also see Gardaí conduct high visibility patrols at major tourist locations, parks and natural beauty spots to ensure compliance with travel restrictions.

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