A ramp up in Garda checkpoints commenced this morning as Operation Fanacht returns

A ramp up in Garda checkpoints commenced this morning as Operation Fanacht returns
Garda Finbar O’Connor on a Covid-19 coronavirus travel restriction checkpoint on the N20 at Mallow, Co. Cork. Picture: Dan Linehan

From 7am today until Monday night, May 4, there will once again be an extensive network of checkpoints established across the country as part of Operation Fanacht.

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

There will be large-scale checkpoints on many main routes, and thousands of mobile checkpoints on secondary routes and in towns and villages.

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

Operation Fanacht was previously run by Gardaí for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Speaking yesterday, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said that Gardaí have previously seen a high level of compliance with the government directives and that it is vital that this remains the case. 

"When we last ran Operation Fanacht there was a high level of compliance from the public. 

"It is vital that we see that again," he said.

"I want to thank the public for their co-operation so far. 

"We know it has not been easy and has required significant sacrifices.

"We need this compliance to continue. This is a critical week for the country. 

"If we all work together, we can help save the lives of our family, friends, neighbours and colleagues," Deputy Twomey continued.

He added that it had been long planned to run Operation Fanacht again during this week in the run up to and over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

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