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Gardai on duty at several Killarney checkpoints

A view from above as gardaí man a checkpoint at the Lissivigeen Roundabout – the entrance to Killarney from Cork – to check the destination of motorists and the purpose of their journeys.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

GARDAI in Killarney have been conducting several checkpoints to ensure drivers are strictly adhering to the new restrictions imposed for the Easter weekend to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

They have been located at all the approach roads to the town and drivers are being asked to produce proof that they are embarking on essential journeys or else they are being sent back to where they came from.

Gardai have instructed people with holiday homes in Kerry to stay away and members of the public have been reminded that they can only exercise within a 2km radius of their homes.

People are being prevented from leaving their place of residence without a reasonable excuse.

Gardai have new powers to restrict people’s movements for the coming days and a fine of €2,500 or a six month jail sentence could be imposed on anyone is convicted of breaching the restrictions.

Gardai on duty at the roundabout in Lissivigeen, on the main entrance to town from Cork.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Kerry County Council has reiterated its appeal to people not to travel to the county over the Easter weekend and to postpone any planned visit for the duration of the current Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, issued the request to those that night be contemplating travel to the county over the bank holiday weekend amid reports of people from outside Kerry visiting holiday homes in the county.

Following consultations with An Garda Síochána, and in the interests of limiting the spread of the coronavirus, the council will close all public car parks at beaches around the county for the weekend.

The decision follows the issuing of clear national public health advice that members of the public should not visit or congregate in public places – such as beaches – apart from individuals or householders who are resident within two kilometres of the beach.

Council personnel will be present at the car parks to monitor the closures over the weekend and will liaise with gardaí to ensure compliance.

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