Tanaiste Leo Varadkar has said there will be a Garda presence along the border but said there would not be roadblocks to stop people traveling from Northern Ireland over Christmas.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Prime Time, Varadkar was asked about border regions such as Donegal.
He said “I wouldn’t say roadblocks but there will be a police presence and the Taoiseach will be speaking to the Garda Commissioner about that.”
He added there will be a garda presence between counties, including along the border, as part of travel restrictions that come into place from St. Stephen’s Day.
As part of new adjusted Level 5 restrictions, people won’t be able to travel beyond their county after midnight on the night of 26 December.
The advice states people who have already left their county can remain in another county until they are due to return home.
Asked whether there will be gardaí on the M1 motorway, the Tánaiste said: “There will, there will be a garda presence between counties because we’ll be going back to a system that says on the 26th you’re supposed to stay in your county except for essential reasons.”
He added that gardaí had been encountering problems due to the consumption of alcohol.
“One of the issues we had to consider when the Cabinet Committee on Covid met on Monday night was enforcement. One of the messages that Minister McEntee mentioned was that gardaí, despite their best efforts, were having real problems with enforcement, particularly in the gastropubs.
“In the run up to Christmas people have taken a bit of alcohol, humans behave the way they do and we’re conscious of that and we’re also conscious of the ongoing issue too of people drinking outdoors, which is a concern so we’re seeing what solutions are possible there too.”Tags: