CORONAVIRUS

Major garda operation launched this afternoon to restrict travel

Thousands of checkpoints across the country from today at  noon until Monday night

Sam Matthews

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KILKENNY

At any one time, there will be over 2,500 Gardaí involved in checkpoints or high visibility patrolling

Gardaí have today launched a major operation to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced recently as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines.

'Operation Fanacht' will see an extensive network of checkpoints established across the country. It will run from today at  noon until Monday night, April 13.

It will involve thousands of checkpoints every day. At any one time, there will be over 2,500 Gardaí involved in checkpoints or high visibility patrolling.

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

"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.