13 February 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Motorists from North on Non-essential Journeys Turned Back

Michael Fisher

A major Garda operation began on Monday morning aimed at reducing the level of traffic from Northern Ireland crossing the border into Co. Monaghan. The Covid checkpoints were set up in places such as Mullanderg north of Emyvale on the main N2 Dublin to Derry road, not far from the border at Moybridge. In the first few hours a number of northern registered cars were turned back according to Inspector Adrian Durcan from Monaghan.

He said: “We have engaged with a few people who have not had essential reasons or a reasonable excuse for travelling and on the advice of ourselves, they have turned back when requested. I think it was three so far this morning.” He said Gardaí would issue fines to those not complying with the regulations and follow up through court summons. “They will receive the fine and have 28 days to pay the fine. Failure to pay that fine will result in a court appearance,” he said. “If they don’t pay it we will issue a summons in respect of the offence and we will follow through on that summons. We would have no concerns at the minute other than to ensure that people have an essential reason to travel.”

The new measures apply to anyone who is “not ordinarily resident” in the Republic of Ireland. If Gardaí stop a car with a driver and two adult passengers, for example, then each of the three adults will…

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