Cross-border fines to be issued from Monday

Gardaí are introducing €100 fines to Northern Ireland residents that cross the border without
reasonable explanation, as of Monday February 8th .

From 7am Monday, anyone who is “not ordinarily resident” in the Republic will be fined for non-
essential cross-border travel. This €100 fine will be issued to each adult travelling in the vehicle.

Over 300,000 people have received the vaccine in Northern Ireland but Health Minister Robin Swann
warned people not to grow complacent.

The Minister said “I would also strongly urge those that have been vaccinated to continue to follow
the public health advice as they did before. It can take several weeks to build immunity and the
added reassurance of protection against the virus is not the same as invincibility”.

In the Republic, approximately 4,600 people have been fined by gardaí for violating Covid-19
regulations. For those travelling to airports or ports for a holiday can be fined €500.
Deputy Commissioner John Twomey said “Despite the significant challenges and sacrifices, the vast
majority of people continue to comply with the public health advice. We thank them for that and ask
them to keep it up

Covid-19 doesn’t switch-off so that people can attend parties, or go on holidays, or gather in large
groups”.

Gardaí will continue nationwide checkpoints and use the 4Es – engage, explain, encourage and, as a
last resort, enforce.


For full and in-depth coverage, see the current printed edition of Garda Review.

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