Operation Fanacht begins: motorists told to expect delays as checkpoints mounted around country

Operation Fanacht begins: motorists told to expect delays as checkpoints mounted around country

An Garda Síochána has officially re-commenced Operation Fanacht and is advising motorists to expect delays as it mounts checkpoints in Cork and around the country.Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

An Garda Síochána has officially re-commenced Operation Fanacht and is advising motorists to expect delays as it mounts checkpoints in Cork and around the country.

The operation will involve 132 large-scale checkpoints a day on main arterial routes around the country in addition to thousands of mobile checkpoints on secondary routes in towns and villages a week.

Gardaí say that over the coming weeks, there will also be high visibility patrolling by Garda members with the focus of this activity continuing to be encouraging people to adhere to national public health measures.

Commissioner Drew Harris said An Garda Síochána’s priority is keeping people safe. 

“This will be a major policing operation across the country with high visibility of Garda members to support public health measures.

"An Garda Síochána is encouraging people not to travel out of their county unless it is for essential purposes," he said. 

Commissioner Harris said gardaí will be conducting major checkpoints on main routes and that people using the roads are likely to face delays.

"Since the start of the pandemic, An Garda Síochána has adopted a graduated policing approach based on its tradition of consent. We have seen compliance by the vast majority of the public with this approach. Independent surveys have also found significant public support for it. We will continue to police in this way.

"We have also had a strong focus on the protecting and supporting the vulnerable. That will continue as well. If you need our help, please contact your local Garda station.

"As an organisation rooted in the community, An Garda Síochána understands the difficulties these measures place on everybody. More than ever, we all need to work together and adhere to public health guidelines and regulations to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and save lives," he said. 

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