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major delays Motorists face traffic jams up to 6km long as Gardai mount Operation Fanacht checkpoints nationwide

  • Gardai man over 130 checkpoints throughout the country this morning as part of Operation Fanacht

  • The checkpoints are being conducted after Level 3 restrictions came into affect for all counties at midnight

  • Traffic congestion is very heavy, especially on approach to Dublin and within the city.

  • Drivers experiencing traffic queues up to 6km long in some areas

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Covid 19 Garda checkpoint at Coldwinters off the Exit 5, M50 motorway 
Pic:Mark Condren
28.4.2020

Covid 19 Garda checkpoint at Coldwinters off the Exit 5, M50 motorway Pic:Mark Condren 28.4.2020

Covid 19 Garda checkpoint at Coldwinters off the Exit 5, M50 motorway Pic:Mark Condren 28.4.2020

Motorists are facing major traffic hold-ups this morning as gardai ramp up checkpoint operations nationwide as Operation Fanacht gets underway.

Officers began manning the 'super checkpoints' on arterial routes, including motorways, after new Level 3 restrictions came into affect for all counties at midnight.

The new measures are to ensure people comply with Level 3 lockdown guidelines.

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris warned yesterday that delays are "inevitable" as the checkpoints will see traffic funneled into one lane on motorways and other primary and secondary routes nationwide.

In Dublin, a queue around 6km long is causing major backlogs on the N7 westbound from J3 Citywest to J5 Athgoe, AA Roadwatch reports.

It’s still slow on the M11 southbound passing J5 Bray North, with some delays exiting the motorway too at J5 and into Bray on the Dublin Rd with delays exiting the motorway too at J5 and into Bray on the Dublin Road (R761).

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As part of the new nationwide Level 3 restrictions which begin at midnight, Operation Fanacht will recommence to place large numbers of highly visible Garda check points on the roads. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

As part of the new nationwide Level 3 restrictions which begin at midnight, Operation Fanacht will recommence to place large numbers of highly visible Garda check points on the roads. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

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As part of the new nationwide Level 3 restrictions which begin at midnight, Operation Fanacht will recommence to place large numbers of highly visible Garda check points on the roads. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

In Stoneybatter, traffic lights are back working on NCR at the junction of Oxmantown Rd.

There are delays on the N81 outbound towards the Killinarden turn-off.

There are delays on the Swords Rd in both directions approaching the Griffith Ave jct.

Elsewhere, traffic remains slow on the N62 both ways just south of Templemore in Tipperary.

In Louth, traffic is slowing on the N2 at works between Ardee and Collon near the Dunleer turn-off (R169).

Works are causing delays on the N26 on the Foxford side of Swinford in Mayo, and traffic is slowwing on the N84 approaching works outside Shrule on the Kilmaine side.

Drivers in Offaly are experiencing delays on the N52 heading from Kilbeggan towards Tullamore approaching the Ardan turn-off (R421).

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