Gardaí ramp up checkpoints on national routes

Gardaí ramp up checkpoints on national routes

Garda checkpoint on the N71 Clonakilty Ring Road. Picture: Andy Gibson.

Additional Garda checkpoints on national roads commenced at 7am this morning in a bid to help Government and societal efforts to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

As well as the increased number of checkpoints, there will also be additional re-deployment of Gardaí to the front-line.

Commenting, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey urged the public to stay home, except for essential journeys.

"We all have a role to play in tackling the pandemic. 

"To date, there has been widespread compliance with public health advice and regulations. 

"Now, more than ever, we all need to adhere to the public health advice. 

"Stay home. Please only make essential journeys. 

"Minimise the amount of people you meet. Wear a face mask. Maintain social distancing. Wash your hands," he said.

"This is a difficult time for people, particularly those who feel vulnerable or isolated. 

"An Garda Síochána continues to be here to help. 

"Gardaí around the country have been helping people with everyday tasks like collecting prescriptions and doing shopping, and are also available to stop by for a socially distanced chat. 

"If you need help or know someone who does, please contact your local Garda station," he continued.

The new checkpoints will be on national routes (not motorways) and will be supported by random local mobile checkpoints.

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