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Fine time Gardaí issue more than 3,341 house party fines with almost '100 people' found at one event

An Garda Síochána will continue to conduct nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations

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In total, Gardaí have issued approximately 19,865 fines in relation to breaches of Covid-19 health restrictions.

In total, Gardaí have issued approximately 19,865 fines in relation to breaches of Covid-19 health restrictions.

In total, Gardaí have issued approximately 19,865 fines in relation to breaches of Covid-19 health restrictions.

More than 3,341 fines have been issued to people attending or organising house parties to date, Gardaí have said.

In some instances, particularly in relation to house parties, Gardaí are finding groups as big as 30 to 40 people.

A Garda spokesperson revealed that “in one case last weekend, almost 100 people were found at a house party.”

In total, Gardaí have issued approximately 19,865 fines in relation to breaches of Covid-19 health restrictions.

As of close of business yesterday (April 8th 2021) the following penalties had been issued:

- 13,972 €100 fines for non-essential travel

- 1,046 €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports – the total number of €100 and €500 fines for non-essential journeys to airports/ports is 1,421

- 675 €500 fines for organising a house party and 2,666 €150 fines for attending a house party

- 337 fines of €80 each for not wearing a face covering

- 377 fines of €100 for non-essential travel by persons not ordinarily resident in the State

An Garda Síochána will continue to conduct nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.

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They urge the public to take into account their 5km radius when planning activities or exercise for this weekend.

Speaking today, Deputy Commissioner, Policing and Security Anne Marie McMahon said: “The vast majority of people continue to follow public health advice and regulations. We thank them for their sacrifice. We know it is not easy, but it is making a difference. It is appreciated by all Gardaí.

“Unfortunately, despite the constant public health advice, we are still seeing people attending house parties and other large social gatherings. Going to such gatherings puts yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else you come into contact with after of getting Covid-19.

“The best way of keeping safe this weekend is to stay home. If you are going out, please stay within your 5km, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands.”

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