A GROUP of people have been fined after driving around 100km from their home to visit a beauty spot in Co. Laois.
Gardaí in Portlaoise said they approached a number of people visiting the Rock of Dunamaise, the ruins of a defensive stronghold dating back to the Hiberno-Norman period, only to discover they lived approxiamately 100km away.
Current Covid-19 restrictions state that you're not allowed to travel further than 5km from your home unless you have an essential reason to do so, like travelling to work or to provide care for a relative or loved one.
It's understood that fixed penalty notices were issued to each member of the guilty party found at the Rock.
"We love tourists but not at the current time," gardaí said in a Facebook post.
"Portlaoise Gardaí out and about patrolling found a group that had travelled to the Rock of Dunamaise. They lived approximately 100km away. They had decided to visit shops and sites. We love tourists but not at the current time. Fixed charge notices issued."