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29 people fined €100 for breaking 5km travel restrictions

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Gardaí have issued 29 Fixed Payment Notice (FPN) fines of €100 to people for breaking the 5km Covid-19 travel restrictions since Monday.

The FPN system was introduced at the start of the week.

A further eight FPNs have been issued in respect of previous alleged breaches from Friday, January First to Sunday, January 10th.

Gardaí also released examples of the fines issued, including the following:

  • Checkpoint at Sean Moore Road, Ringsend: Driver of vehicle stated that he and two passengers travelled from Co Meath to collect ‘burgers’ from a takeaway restaurant in Dublin 4 having travelled approximately 80km from home. All three occupants of car received a FPN.
  • Checkpoint in Middleton: Female driver was requested to return home. Subsequently, the driver was observed at a beach amenity outside the 5km limit. Driver acknowledged she was breaching Covid regulations and offered no further reasonable excuse.
  • Two cyclists stopped near Carrick, Galway, not from same household, no social distancing, or face coverings, 19km from home and in another county. Claimed reasonable excuse of physical exercise, but were outside 5km applicable limit.
  • North County Dublin: Four persons observed leaving rear of gym. Further examination included speaking with two gym instructors who claimed to be working from the gym as no Internet at home to conduct online sessions — six FPNs issued.
  • Waterford city: Male stopped walking on the street, said he had been out for food and then to see friends on the other side of the city — no reasonable excuse.
  • Checkpoint outside Cork city: Male and female not from same household stopped while driving and claimed to be travelling to visit elderly relative. On completion of checkpoint a few minutes later gardaí patrolled local amenity car park and found the same driver. He had not travelled to visit elderly relative, had no reasonable excuse and was outside 5km limit for physical exercise. Both car occupants issued FPNs.
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Revenue seize €32,000-worth of drugs at Dublin Mail Centre

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Revenue have seized drugs worth an estimates €32,000 at the Dublin Mail Centre today as part of routine profiling.

Over 1.5kg of illegal drugs, including herbal cannabis and cannabis infused ‘jelly sweets’ were discovered with the assistance of detector dogs Bailey and Sam.

Revenue detector dog, Sam.

The drugs were found in parcels which had come from the US and UK which had been declared as clothing, tea, a backpack, an incense burner, and a candle set.

The parcels were being sent to various addresses in Dublin, Offaly, Kilkenny, Clare and Kildare.

Revenue say investigations are ongoing and anyone with information regarding smuggling is asked to contact the Revenue Confidential Line on 1800 295 295.

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Ireland faces ‘indefinite lockdown’ without further vaccine supplies, TD claims

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A Government TD has said Ireland faces an “indefinite lockdown” unless the State can secure more doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Marc MacSharry has urged his Government colleagues to break with the European Union’s purchase system and to try obtain more doses directly from the companies involved.

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said the Government intends to offer all citizens in Ireland a vaccine by September.

However, his Fianna Fáil party colleague Mr MacSharry does not believe the goal can be achieved with current number of doses expected.

“I want us to do the old-fashioned — lift the phone, secure supplies, and if they want €70 a dose, give it to them,” Mr MacSharry said.

“Otherwise, you’re looking forward to a fourth wave, an indefinite lockdown, and that is no good to any of us.”

The Republic has now administered 121,900 jabs of a Covid-19 vaccine, equating to 2.5 per cent of the population.

European Union leaders are meeting by video conference on Thursday to discuss a target of vaccinating 70 per cent of the bloc’s population by the summer.

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The HSE’s chief Paul Reid told a weekly briefing that the country’s vaccination programme provided a roadmap for getting out of the pandemic.

However, he criticised some hospitals who have administered leftover vaccines to people other than their employees.

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Ireland ‘nowhere near’ easing Level 5 but schools…

“There has been much reporting this week of a smaller number of incidents and cases where some people have been vaccinated in a manner or certainly in a sequence that didn’t comply with the agreed sequencing,” Mr Reid said.

“I want to be very clear — this shouldn’t have happened, and nobody could have been confused or needed further clarity in terms of the agreed sequencing for the vaccines.”

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has said that Ireland is “nowhere near where we need to be at present” to consider easing Level 5 restrictions.

Leo Varadkar told the Dáil that the numbers surrounding Covid-19 were too high to consider lifting restrictions in the short-term, but that did not mean schools could not reopen in February.

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