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fixed charges Gardai issue fines to group who travelled 100km to visit beauty spot

They had decided to visit shops and sites,” a post on the Garda Síochána Laois-Offaly Facebook page revealed.

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Gardai at Rock of Dunamase. Photo credit: Garda Síochána Laois-Offaly Facebook

Gardai at Rock of Dunamase. Photo credit: Garda Síochána Laois-Offaly Facebook

Gardai at Rock of Dunamase. Photo credit: Garda Síochána Laois-Offaly Facebook

A group of people that had travelled to a scenic beauty spot just outside Portlaoise in Co Laois have been issued fixed charge notices for breaching travel restrictions. 

Portlaoise Gardaí who were “out and about patrolling” discovered the group that had travelled to the Rock of Dunamase, “lived approximately 100km away”.

“They had decided to visit shops and sites,” a post on the Garda Síochána Laois-Offaly Facebook page revealed.

“We love tourists but not at the current time. Fixed charge notices issued.”

According to Discover Ireland, the Rock of Dunamase is “is an interesting historic site found just outside Portlaoise in County Laois”.

“The Rock of Dunamase is one of Ireland’s popular tourist attractions.

Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress.”

Just two weeks ago we revealed how around 6,550 fines had been issued by Gardaí for a range of Covid-19 breaches in the last month.

Since they were signed into law on January 11, almost 5,000 €100 fines have been issued for non-essential travel.

Over 500 fines costing €500 each for non-essential journeys to airports/ports have also been issued by Gardaí.

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