Breaking News – Guards are BACK on the Irish border

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THE Garda are back on the Irish border and carrying out checks on drivers after the highest-level lockdowns were imposed on both sides of the frontier.

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Irish police have not carried out such stringent checks on drivers from Ulster since the days of the Troubles when the IRA moved guns and explosives into the war-torn province.

Now they are on the lookout for people making non-essential journeys, after the Republic this week imposed swingeing Level 5 restrictions which ban people from travelling more than three miles (5km) from their home.

On Wednesday, October 21, when Ireland’s new six-week national lockdown began, gardai were given new powers by Dublin to prosecute people making non-essential travel, with fines of up to €2,500 and jail for up to six months.

The Irish police have launched a colossal operation, with more than 130 static checkpoints and thousands of rolling checks set up across the country.

Northern Ireland has no specific travel advice for residents travelling to Republic and the North remains on Ireland’s ‘Green List,’ which means a quarantine is not required on entry.

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