Gardaí will increase its focus on large groups in public spaces 5 days ago

Gardaí will increase its focus on large groups in public spaces

This will see increased Garda activity on foot, mountain bikes and vehicle patrols in identified public spaces.

An Garda Síochána has announced that it will be increasing its focus on large groups in public spaces.

Garda confirmed that from today onwards (19 November), it will increase patrols and engagement particularly in relation to gathering in groups in open spaces.

This will see increased Garda activity on foot, mountain bikes and vehicle patrols in identified public spaces.

As well as this, An Garda Síochána said that it will maintain a significant presence on roads across the country, "continuing static and rolling checkpoints, to check compliance with travel restrictions."

Gardaí will also continue to check retail and business premises, checking compliance with essential services.

Since the beginning of November, there have been eight alleged breaches by licensed premises acknowledged by Gardaí, as well as 29 alleged breaches by retail premises.

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: "While it has been disappointing at times to witness some activities by small numbers of individuals and groups I am encouraged by the overwhelming support and compliance being demonstrated right throughout our communities supporting Covid-19 Public Health guidelines.

"An Garda Síochána will focus our activities this weekend on these activities which are causing concern to the majority in our society.

"At this time of public health pandemic, An Garda Síochána continues to urge the public to look out for your elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

"If you have a concern please contact your local Garda station, do not stay silent, we are here to help.

"It is more important than ever, for the next two weeks of level 5, that we all continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by adhering to the public health advice."