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A Garda checkpoint on the Johnstown Road, Naas with a new message on the Naas Ball in the background.
Photo: Tony Gavin 10/4/2020

A Garda checkpoint on the Johnstown Road, Naas with a new message on the Naas Ball in the background. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/4/2020

Waiting in line: A checkpoint on the N3 at Clonee, ahead of the Easter weekend.
photo: Frank McGrath

Waiting in line: A checkpoint on the N3 at Clonee, ahead of the Easter weekend. photo: Frank McGrath

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A Garda checkpoint on the Johnstown Road, Naas with a new message on the Naas Ball in the background. Photo: Tony Gavin 10/4/2020

More than 600 checkpoints were manned by gardaí across the country to persuade the public not to travel outside the 2km restriction zone from their homes, unless they were in the exempt categories of motorists.

By early yesterday evening, it is believed none of the thousands of officers on duty on the roads and streets had reason to implement the temporary measures, introduced for the Easter weekend.


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