Gardaí can now issue €100 fines for breaching Covid-19 travel restrictions 1 week ago

Gardaí can now issue €100 fines for breaching Covid-19 travel restrictions

As of today, the fines are being enforced.

As of Monday 11 January, Gardaí can now issue €100 fines for breaching Covid-19 travel restrictions.

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Where breaches of travel regulations are detected and a person does not comply with the direction of An Garda Síochána, a prosecution now can be commenced by means of a €100 fixed charge notice.

If you are found in breach of the travel restrictions without a "reasonable excuse", you could be fined on the spot.

An Garda Síochána said that it has been consistent in its graduated policing response to supporting Public Health Regulations and guidelines in line with our tradition of policing by consent.

This has seen Garda members "engage, explain, encourage and, as a last resort, enforce".

Speaking today Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Policing and Security said: "An Garda Síochána continues to see significant compliance by the public with Public Health Regulations, however we also continue to see some activity which is in contravention of these regulations introduced to stop the current spread of Covid-19 and protect our communities.

"I appeal to every person without a reasonable excuse for travel - Stay at Home, this is your duty as a citizen and will save lives and support our front line services, nurses, doctors, hospital staff and my Garda colleagues at this time."