30 April 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

“I am encouraging everyone to stay at home and observe the Covid-19 guidelines” Cavan Monaghan Chief Superintendent John O’Reilly told The Northern Standard on Tuesday. Operation Fanacht will be ongoing until the evening of Bank Holiday Monday, by which stage the government are expected to announce whether the current restrictions will be extended. Some 84 Garda checkpoints and mobile patrols are now in operation throughout Co. Monaghan on a 24/7 basis.

They are covering the main border crossings such as Moybridge on the N2 Dublin to Derry road, but they will also be watching the less-used border roads as well. The current situation has presented a number of challenges for Gardaí and all governmental bodies on the State. But they will be using as light a touch as possible to prevent further contamination in the community, according to Chief Superintendent.

He acknowledged that the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Monaghan and Cavan had increased and per capita the rate in Monaghan was in third place after Cavan and Dublin. “Like the HSE, we are responsible for community safety and wellbeing, and it’s not a pleasant environment to be working in. We have increased our presence in public areas, with a combination of foot patrols and bike patrols and our cars can now access Rossmore Park in Monaghan with the co-operation of the local authority and Coillte. We can monitor any anti-social behaviour there. An extremely small number of people continue to disregard the need for public safety and are flouting the legislation. In some cases, files have been prepared and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for guidance.”

He continued: “We are reliant on people’s goodwill and sense of decency to return home if requested to do so. There are alternative legislative provisions we can resort to but we hope it won’t be necessary to use them. By and large there is a substantial…

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