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Ruff justice Man fined for travelling over 200km to collect puppy amid Covid-19 lockdown

Another man who had sold an item privately on social media and drove 70km to deliver it was also fined.

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A man received some ruff justice after he was fined for travelling over 200kms to collect a puppy.

Gardai in Cork must have thought he was "barking mad" when they learned the reason for his journey.

They fined the man and several other people who were caught breaking the 5km travel restriction for non-essential reasons

A post shared on the Garda Síochána - Cork, Kerry & Limerick - Southern Region Facebook revealed Gardaí from Ballincollig who were on an Operation Fannacht checkpoint on the M8 at Glanmire issued three fines for breaches of Covid regulations.

One of those was for the man who had travelled over 200kms to collect a puppy as a present for someone.

Another man who had sold an item privately on social media and drove 70km to deliver it was also fined.

And another had travelled over 70km for an essential journey, he had a passenger with him from a different household, who was just along for the spin.

“That is not essential and the passenger was fined,” gardai said.

“Fines were issued to all three people for these incidents,” they added

“Everyone must play their part during this challenging time. Before you get in your car, ask yourself, is this essential? By limiting our movements and contact with each other, we can help stop the spread of Covid-19.”

Over in the Cavan-Monaghan Garda Division things were a bit quieter with heavy rain overnight and “great compliance by everyone."

“It was very quiet in the Bailieboro District,” gardai posted. “The rain wasn't the only thing that was dancing on the roads as we caught one of the lads joining in with a little jig,” they added with picture of a garda apparently relieving the cold of the night with a little footwork.

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A garda on duty in Cavan

A garda on duty in Cavan

A garda on duty in Cavan

Gardai in Donegal, meanwhile, had warned that with another 48 Covid-19 cases confirmed in the county on January 27 “now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household”.

“Continue to minimise your contacts,” they added. “Stay home and adhere to the public health guidelines.”

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