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On duty Gardai patrolling parks and public spaces as country basks in spring sunshine

Gardai have urged people not to travel beyond their 5km radius or congregate in busy areas.

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Gardai on patrol

Gardai on patrol

Gardai on patrol

Gardai have warned they will be patrolling parks and public spaces this weekend ​as the sunshine draws people outside.

Met Éireann said that Ireland is to bask in glorious sunshine today with highs of 10 degrees after a chilly start to the morning.

Frost in parts of the midlands, east and south gave way to “bright sunny spells” as the country soaks up the rays.

The favourable forecast has caused some concern for Gardaí, who worry that public amenities and parks will be flooded with people taking advantage of the sunshine.

They have urged people not to travel beyond their 5km radius or congregate in busy areas.

To date, a whopping 9,021 €100 fines have been issued for non-essential travel.

Gardaí will be continuing nationwide checkpoints and high visibility patrols at public amenities, parks, and beauty spots across the country this weekend in support of public health regulations.

They have also encouraged people to leave their cars at home if possible or, failing that, to ensure that drivers are parked legally.

Taking to Twitter, the Garda Info account posted a photo of an officer on duty in a park.

The caption read: “Gardaí will again be carrying patrols at public amenities today.

“When visiting parks or public spots, within 5km of your home, please park legally.

“Illegal parking can hinder access by emergency services and could put lives at risk. #StaySafe #StayHome,” the post concluded.

Phoenix Park’s management has also encouraged visitors to leave their cars at home as car congestion has become a pressing issue at the popular Dublin landmark.

The park was reported to be “extremely busy” with car parks “near capacity” by lunchtime last weekend.

Park officials asked visitors to consider walking, running, or cycling to the park and to visit outside of peak hours to reduce overcrowding.

They have also urged locals to only visit the park if it is within their 5km as part of public health regulations.

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