October 28, 2021

Weekend of the barricades: Gardai set up over 500 checkpoints around Dublin to police lockdown

Over 500 Garda checkpoints were set up in Dublin and surrounding counties as the capital returned to lockdown last weekend.

Gardai today confirmed a total of 527 checkpoints were conducted in the “DMR and surrounding counties” as part of Operation Fanacht.

Meanwhile, gardai said they are contuing to find “widespread compliance by licensed premises with the public health regulations” as part of a separate operation, codenamed Navigation.

A Garda spokesperson said tonight: “From 19:00 on Friday, July 3 to 23:59 Sunday, September 20, An Garda Síochána has conducted thousands of checks on licensed premises throughout the country under Operation Navigation to support public health guidelines.

“To date, the vast majority of licensed premises operating have been found to be in compliance with regulations and licensing laws.

“From Monday, September 14 to Sunday, September 20, 15 potential breach incidents were found by Gardaí. Files will now be prepared for the DPP in each of these cases.”

The cumulative total of potential breach incidents since Operation Navigation began now stands at 232.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said: “There continues to be a very high level of compliance among licensed premises. This is welcome. However, some licensed premises are risking the health of their employees, customers and local communities.

“We are at a critical point in tackling the spread of Covid-19 and everyone must take personal responsibility to avoid situations that are a risk to themselves, their family and their friends.”


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