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29th Jan 2021

Gardaí issue 16 fines in one day to house party attendees

Rory Cashin

To date, over 2,400 fines issued for non-essential travel by An Garda Síochána.

An Garda Síochána have reissued their advice to people this weekend, asking everyone to stay home to protect themselves and their loved ones.

On Thursday, January 28 alone, Gardai issued 16 fines to organisers and attendees of house parties around the country, with fines issued in Limerick, Cork, Galway, Kilkenny, and Carlow.

Additionally, Gardai state that they have issued over 2,400 fines for non-essential travel since the fines were first introduced on January 11.

People can receive a €100 fine for non-essential travel, €150 for attending a house party, and up to €500 for organising a house party.

They have also issued 63 fines for the non-wearing of face masks in certain locations, with fifty of these being in retail premises.

As part of their latest update, An Garda Síochána state that they are continuing to conduct checkpoints on access roads to airports and ports to check on whether people travelling to these locations – in private vehicles or on bus services – are undertaking an essential journey. Travelling to an airport or port to take a holiday abroad is not an essential journey.

Nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities across the country will also continue this weekend in support of public health regulations.

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