Gardai announce number of people arrested for breaking lockdown in Ireland

Gardai announce number of people arrested for breaking lockdown in Ireland

GARDAI have announced that they have arrested 34 people over the past few weeks for breaking lockdown restrictions.

Those arrested were detained because they all failed to adhere to restrictions outlined by the Government in order to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Gardai have been warning the public to stick to guidelines regarding social distancing and travel and have said that fines and arrests will be carried out should people flout the rules.

On top of the 34 arrests, there have been an additional 405 incidents that could have been potential breaches of restrictions, but were then diffused.

These incidents include house parties, unnecessary travel and gathering beyond the family unit.

Despite the breaches, gardai say they're largely pleased with public response to lockdown measures.

"Gardai are engaging with a large amount of people every day and in the vast majority of cases they are complying with the public health guidelines," said Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

"It is vital this continues because it will help save lives," he added.

"I want to thank the public for this and also the great support they are giving to our members every day.

"Unfortunately, there are people who did not adhere to the guidelines and Gardai had no other option but to use the regulations or other legislation.

"It should be stressed though that this is a tiny proportion of the people we have engaged with over this time.

"I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sympathies to those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19 and to recognise the sacrifices that people adhering to the guidelines are making in playing their part in protecting others."