July 18, 2024

Gardai out in force on Kilkenny’s roads from tomorrow as part of major new Covid-19 operation

Gardai will be out in force on Kilkenny’s roads from tomorrow morning as part of a major operation to police the Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Operation Fanacht will run from 7am until the end of the May Bank Holiday weekend next Monday night.

Gardai will erect thousands of mobile checkpoints on secondary routes and in towns and villages across Kilkenny and the rest of the country.

Garda team will also carry out “high visibility patrols” at major tourist locations, parks and natural beauty spots to ensure compliance with restrictions.

A Garda spokesperson said there will be “over 2,500 gardaí involved in checkpoints or high visibility patrolling” at any one time between tomorrow and next Monday.

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 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.

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