Garda Siochana conduct an Operation Fanacht checkpoint in Dublin this afternoon
Gardaí will continue to operate a significant number of static and mobile checkpoints, and high visiblity patrols this weekend, focused on non-essential travel. Gardaí issued 29 Fixed Payment Notices (FPNs) to people so far this week for breaches of travel restrictions #stayhomepic.twitter.com/qQXxOCROE5
More ‘[Covid-related Operation Fanacht’] traffic chaos this lunchtime, even though the Gardai made alterations to the streaming of heavy goods vehicles at the filter lanes at this check point yesterday (which resulted in some drivers using outlying routes through villages), after the huge traffic tailbacks which were caused by their presence on Wednesday….
No one said eliminating the rona from our roads was going to be easy.
These checkpoints are about as useful as an ash tray on a Honda 50, tailbacks on the motorways all day, nothing but an inconvenience to workers,literally just standing there waving everyone through, but sure it’s for the greater good 😬#OperationFanachtpic.twitter.com/IO5JeuZ0mZ
Officers who spoke to The Irish Times were unapologetic about the long traffic jams caused in some parts of the country, saying Garda Commissioner Drew Harris had on Tuesday warned very clearly that delays were inevitable.
More than 130 static checkpoints erected on motorways and other arterial routes yesterday morning around the country were switched to the opposite side of the road later in the day.
It meant motorists delayed in the morning faced the same disruption in the evening; a strategy that was set to continue for the next three weeks.