A Garda checkpoint close to the border in Co Monaghan as new powers came into force allowing gardai to fine NI travellers 100 euro if they enter RoI without reasonable excuse.
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Taoiseach Micheál Martin
“There has never been a ban on North-South travel, not will there be.”
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Fianna Fáil Parliamentary meeting, November 29, 2020
From 7am, people who live in Northern Ireland faced fines of €100 from Gardaí if caught crossing the Irish border without “a reasonable excuse”.
The unprecedented step has been taken by the Irish government in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Northern Ireland residents who have to cross the border for essential work or essential purposes, such as seeking medical treatment, will be exempt from fines.
Public health guidance in NI says people “should not travel in or out of Northern Ireland except where it is essential to do so”.