"Where are you going to?" Gardaí checking that journeys are essential across Kildare

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Gardaí checking that journeys are essential across Kildare

A Garda at a checkpoint

Motorists are being stopped at garda checkpoints across Kildare from 7am this morning to ensure public compliance with the travel restrictions introduced as part of Covid-19 public health guidelines.

Operation Fanacht will run until the end of the May Bank Holiday weekend on Monday night, May 4. 

In supporting the COVID-19 public health guidelines, gardaí have adopted a graduated policing response based on its tradition of policing by consent. This has seen Gardaí Engage, Educate, Encourage and, as a last resort, Enforce.

A Kildare Garda spokesperson said: "Gardaí have been carrying out checkpoints this morning as part of Operation Fanacht.

"We would continue to ask people to continue their compliance to public health guidelines that are currently in place."

The operation involves large-scale checkpoints on many main routes, and 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 natural beauty spots to ensure compliance with restrictions.

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

Operation Fanacht previously ran from 8 April until 13 April inclusive in the run-up to, and during, the Easter Weekend.

Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security, John Twomey said, "When we last ran Operation Fanacht there was a high level of compliance from the public. It is vital that we see that again.

"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,” commented Deputy Twomey.

Deputy Commissioner Twomey 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.